Artists Paint Over One Thousand Stark Portraits of Chinese Corrupt and Disgraced Officials

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SHENZHEN, CHINA (REUTERS).-In a dingy studio flat in southern China, a half-naked painter dabs his brush gently over a portrait of Fu Yunsheng, a land official in northern China sentenced to death for embezzling millions. Squatting while dragging silently on a cigarette, the artist finishes the stark, smiling portrait rendered in the reddish-pink hue of China’s 100 yuan banknotes, before stapling it to a wall beside six other portraits of disgraced officials including the toppled former mayor of the southern boomtown of Shenzhen, Xu Zongheng. “I’m a little bit afraid,” said the artist, surnamed Tang, of his participation in the daring but as yet underground art project to paint several thousand portraits of government officials prosecuted for graft in recent years. The stark, monochromatic portraits, painted by a team of artists