Nepali signboard artists have the best walls. Some use them for practice, some to dry brushes, some as backdrops for spray paint, some for all of the above and more.
Even their windowsills are beautiful. Three Kitties by Sabala. Sold to the 3 Kitties' owner.
This is what I came upon at Chandra's studio. I was 2 days late in picking up, he was even later! At least he had started some!
Walls in Govinda's studio. All three of these Danger Dogs are still available. The lettering is reflective tape cut out and applied. The real color of the letters is a bright orange red. Great for outdoor use on a driveway gate. Thanks to Oscar, Hilda and Ruby the dogs!
Jit Gurung's wall at Munal Arts in Pokhara, Nepal. Only Gubby, the Danger Dog is still available in this bunch.
I loved Lal Karki's wall so much it is the cover of my 2nd book "Danger Dogs from Nepal Volume 2". The book is available at Lulu.com. All the paintings are available.
This lovely wall belongs to Ojna Studios. These are painted on extremely heavy recycled metal and will last for years. The French Bulldog (2nd from the left) is sold, but the other 3 are available. Krishna Ojna is a professor of economics that paints signboards in his spare time. When I was interviewed by the young (early 20-something) reporter from the Kathmandu Post she seemed surprised by this fact, and asked why he would do that. "For the money, of course," I replied. Ah, youth.
This wall is in Om Sai Art's back studio. Painted by ShaShi, the 3 middle paintings are still available.
Unfortunately, this wall no longer exists. When I went to reorder from Prem, the building had been torn down and it was only after a lot of detective work that I found him in his new digs. Ask about availability, as Prem's artwork has a few holds.
Here is another wall that is no longer an art studio. Just this last trip, Shahi lost his storefront studio and moved. This wall is now the site of a bicycle shop in Pokhara.
This is the studio of Ram Mohan Patel, in red on the right.
Later, I will feature shots of more studios. Get out and enjoy your weekend.
Do consider either buying one of the existing signboard featured in this blog or commissioning your own piece. Prices range from $125 to $200 for most paintings. Some are more, some are less. These artists make their art in very difficult circumstances, but nothing is easy in Nepal. Please help these signboard artists to continue doing what they do so well. Pre-printed signs are taking over due to the quest for modernity and progress. But the hand-painted art here is the best. Commissions start at $250.
All signboards are on metal, approximately one square foot, and are painted with synthetic enamel. They can be hung outdoors or in.
Please contact me for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can go to my website www.NepalDog.com to see the full range of 56 (!!!) artists that I have worked with to date.
When you send a picture of your pet, I will give that photo to at least 3 different signboard artists. You then choose which you prefer and then, and only then, you pay $250. A portion of all proceeds goes to various charites in Nepal. You choose what you'd like the portrait to say and can request certain artists.
Today is Nepal's 'Day of the Dog'. The 2nd day of the Tihar festival. I'll write more on that tomorrow. There are some happy dogs in Nepal today!