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Obama in Nepal - the Folk Art Obamas

In honor of President Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize this morning, I thought I'd show the few remaining Folk Art Obamas.  

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Here is Sagar holding his rather older version of Barack Obama.   This was painted in November 2008, as part of a limited edition series for the Santa Monica Museum of Art.   This is the  Obama of the future.   There are even a few stray gray hairs.

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This Folk Art Obama by Amar includes details such as his five o'clock shadow.  

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Obama by Sufraj is lighter skinned, perhaps reflecting Sufraj's thoughts on his own skin tones.   Sufraj comments on his own photos by shaking his head and saying  'So dark.'   I remind Sufraj that it is a good thing that Obama is a man of color.   When interviewed about what he thought about painting Obama, he said that it was 'ekdam mito' - meaning that it was a very pleasing experience.  He claims that he has never made such a 'personal' painting before.   He also stated that he has never done a painting of such a powerful person as Obama.   

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Govinda Kalikote's portrait of our President brings to mind the young basketball player that he once was.   Govinda insisted on painting this on plywood instead of the usual metal. 

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No collection of Obama paintings would be complete without a piece after Shepherd Fairey.   In this version by Sabala, Obama looks like Martin Luther King.    I also enjoyed the misspelling of the word 'to ward'.  

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Here are 3 more by Sufraj at Gracie - the shop at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.   Go to smmoa.org for more information.

Congratulations again to our 44th president.

I have made my reservations and will be returning to Nepal in November to order more signposts on metal.   I'll be back with the paintings in early December.

I have mostly concentrated on pets, but as you can see above, these guys can and will paint anything you can imagine -- home portraits, portraits of people, cars, children, movie posters.   If you order it, you will get it.  

To order a personalized signboard on metal from Nepal, please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com.   You can also go to www.NepalDog.com to find out more about the project.

This is a Fair Trade Art Project dedicated to promoting the endangered signboard artists of Nepal - Micro-finance through Art Patronage - appealing mostly to pet lovers who collect art and would like to make a difference to the world.

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