Rahman Apez, 74, a local farmer in Makit county, makes a painting on June 27, 2019. (Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)
When you visit Makit county, Kashgar prefecture of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, you will be dazzled by the paintings created by local farmers, who have received no professional training and been enriched by the local traditional culture.
Emerging in the 1960s, Dolan farmer painting, together with Dolan dance, Dolan bands and Dolan Muqam (a Kashgar folk song), forms what people call "the soul of Dolan" in Makit, an area west of the Tarim basin considered the birthplace of Dolan culture.
Dolan farmer painting arose because many farmers there were illiterate in the past, and had to record their lives and feelings through paintings. Passed on from generation to generation, the art form of farmer paintings took shape.
A local farmer in Makit county does a painting on June 27, 2019. (Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)
Dolan farmer paintings are all inspired by daily life, and the paintings reflect their lives in turn. The painters also have rich imaginations, so their artistic works use exaggerated techniques and unique concepts.
These paintings are popular among farmers and artists for their bold and bright colors. The creative medium is quite diverse. Oil, iron and calabash paintings as well as embroidery have all served to showcase the lives and spiritual worlds of Dolan farmers.
Currently there are nearly 100 renowned farmer painters in the county's kumkisar township, known as the Home of Farmer Painting, and 800 enthusiasts of the art form, including seniors over the age of 60 as well as children at school.
Up to now, the farmers here have created over 100,000 paintings, 2,800 of which have been exhibited at home and abroad. The Louvre Museum in Paris has collected four of the paintings.
The painting Planting Trees to Benefit People's Lives by a farmer in Makit county is seen on June 27, 2019. (Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)
The painting Family Disputes by a farmer in Makit county is seen on June 27, 2019. The painting reminds people not to have arguments in front of their children. (Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)
The painting Happy Bird by a farmer in Makit county is seen on June 27, 2019. The meaning of the painting is that a man should care for his parents, children and wife. (Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)
The painting Angry Fish by a farmer in Makit county is seen on June 27, 2019. The meaning of the painting is that people should protect water resources. (Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)
The painting The Silk Road by a farmer in Makit county is seen on June 27, 2019. (Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)
The painting Defending the Border Areas of China by a farmer in Makit county is seen on June 27, 2019. (Photo/chinadaily.com.cn)