Starving artist sales typically advertise prices of around $50 for large oil paintings. Often held at hotels or convention centers and heavily advertised, these sales consist of outdated printing-plant stock and paintings created in Asian factories and sweatshops.
Most paintings sold at starving artist sales are mass produced. Some are painted on assembly lines, where each worker paints the same element of the painting over and over on long sheets of canvas. Employees then stretch the finished canvasses onto wooden frames and sign the paintings with Western-sounding names. Other pieces at starving artist sales are oleographs, which are images printed on canvas and covered with clear varnish to simulate brush strokes.