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February 2010

Bulldogs from Nepal Art Dogs

Bulldogs are always a favorite subject in the Danger Dog oeuvre.

 Brocco English Bulldog by Amar 

Who could resist Brocco's lovely English Bulldog mug?   by Amar Shrestha.

 Brocco English Bulldog by Megh Raj
Here's Brocco again, this time by Megh Raj.   Love that tongue and that Megh Raj placed Brocco in the yard.

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Aasha of Aasha Art brings you a French Bulldog named Jack.   This one is lovely but on the primitive side.   

 Bulldog.Mick.Sabala
A new version of the handsome Mick Jagger, this time by Sabala from Surya Studios.   Mick Jagger is a perennial favorite.   The detail that Sabala give to his mouth and muzzle has to be seen to be fully appreciated.   This portrait of Mick is no longer available.

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Nabin brings a stylized version of Mick Jagger.   It's hard to believe that these are painted from the same photo.

 NepalArt French bulldog
Again we have Jack, this time painted by Pulkit of Nepal Arts in Kathmandu.  The artists of Nepal are not shy about showing Jack's maleness.

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Laverne is a Bulldog from Ojai, California.   As painted by Sagar in his thuggish mode.   

If you would like to visit the NepalDog.com Bull Dog page to see pricing, please click here.

 

The Nepal Art Dog project promotes the endangered art of Nepali signboards.   Signboards are painted on recycled metal, using synthetic enamel and are meant to hang outdoors, but look just as good framed.   Over 1400 portraits have been commissioned to date, giving these artists real work.   I have worked with over 58 artists and actively look for more each trip.

 

On my last trip to Nepal, the Danger Dog commissions were the only art these artists were still hand painting -- all their other work was digital or printed on flex.   These artists can and will paint anything.  I decided to concentrate on pets as there was a tradition in Nepal already of 'beware of dog' placards and I knew that people would like them.

 

Each commission will be given to at least 3 signboard artists - giving 3 people work, the pet owner a choice and museum shops Nepali folk art.   No money is accepted up front.   If you don't like any of the 3 choices, you pay nothing.   The artists are paid Fair Trade wages regardless.

 

Please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com with any questions.

 

This project is for pet lovers who collect art and would like to make a difference in these artists' lives.

 

More information is available at NepalDog.com.

 


Happy Valentine's Day!

Folk art Chow hand painted on metal in Nepal
Rico the Chow by Sagar Bitsa


Please join Rico the Chow (portrait by Sagar) in wishing the world a Happy Valentine's Day!   Today I feature some red-backgrounded Danger Dogs and Cats in honor of this fun day.   Hope you get all the chocolate that your dog is not allowed to have.

 

Folk art black dog hand painted on metal
Denver the Black Dog by Amar

Denver by Amar makes a beautiful Valentine's Day Enlightened Dog with his red background. 

 

Folk art Tibetan Mastiff hand painted on betal
Kali the Tibetan Terrier by Sufraj Khadka


Kali is a Tibetan Mastiff with an aura of white.   Painted by Sufraj Khadka.

 

Folk art Norwich Terrier hand painted on metal
Norwich Terrier hand painted on metal


Ollie makes the perfect Valentine Dog!   By Santosh Shrestha of Pokhara.

 

Folk art Cat portrait hand painted on metal
Holly the 3-legged Cat by Chandra


Hollie Hobble is a 3-legged Zen Cat that Chandra managed to make into a 2-legged cat!  

 

Folk art beware of tabby cat hand painted on metal
Folk art Tabby Cat by Santosh


Here you can see that Santosh Shrestha has truncated Jack Henry the Tabby's leg AND body.  

Hope you all enjoy your holiday and get all the love you need and deserve today and every day.

All signboards featured today on the Danger Dog Blog are available.   Prices range from $150 to $200 for these particular signboards.

The Nepal Art Dog project promotes the endangered art of Nepali signboards.   Signboards are painted on recycled metal, using synthetic enamel and are meant to hang outdoors, though they work indoors as well.   Over 1700 portraits have been commissioned to date, giving these artists real work.   I have worked with over 58 artists.  This is a Fair Trade Art project.

 

On my last trip to Nepal, the Danger Dog commissions were the only art these artists were still hand painting -- all their other work was digital or printed on flex.   These artists can and will paint anything.  I decided to concentrate on pets as there was a tradition in Nepal already of 'beware of dog' placards and I knew that people would like them.

 

Each commission will be given to at least 3 signboard artists - giving 3 people work, the pet owner a choice and museum shops Nepali folk art.   No money is accepted up front.   If you don't like any of the 3 choices, you pay nothing. 

 

Please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com with any questions.

 

This project is for pet lovers who collect art and would like to make a difference in these artists' lives.

 

More information is available at NepalDog.com.     You can see a slide show of available Nepali signboards on the Nepal Dog Channel of YouTube, and hear some nice Nepali folk music at the same time.    There are about 8 different movies up there at present, grouped by artist or breed.  

 

 


Why I love Nepal - Dog Signs on Gates!

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This gorgeous Beware of Dog signboard was found while wandering throughout the back alleys of Kathmandu.   It is a perfect example of what I love about Nepal Dog Art and is typical of the inspiration for my Fair Trade Art project. 

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Just around the corner was a completely different interpretation of a Danger Dog.

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This wall was under reconstruction and they felt the need to put up a temporary sign.  

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This artist must live nearby, as there are two different versions of the same (quite stylized) dog.   Horn Dog!

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I can see why this artist is so popular.   Teeth, tongue, horns - this signboard has it all.

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Beware of Beagle!   Who would have thought...   This lovely signboard is on its last legs and obviously not been respected what with those streaks of paint and all, but the patina is beautiful.   

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Just around the corner from the Everest Kennel Club, the signboard in green is a stenciled sign that is replacing the older more individual and quirky hand-painted versions all throughout Nepal.    I would guess that the one beneath (in red) is an attempt by a young signboard artist to give the customers what they want, but still something different.  The business of Signboard Art in Nepal is usually passed down from father to son and the art can be a communal effort.   I think a young artist is practicing here.   I have often come by and seen one artist finishing anothers work.

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Another example of a breed specific Beware of Dog signboard from Nepal - a Dalmation!

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A green backed signboard.

These are all from one day's walk through the streets of Kathmandu in November 2009.   You have to go farther and farther afield to find these beauties.   Most of the new housing that has sprung up since the Civil War started in 1996 has the stenciled version from the Everest Kennel Club.   Though I do come across obviously new beware of dog signs.

I started the Nepal Art Dog project in 2007, to help continue the tradition of these wonderful works.   The signboard art industry in Nepal is quickly changing from hand-painted art on metal into mass-produced digital (dare I say soulless?) signage on plastic.    

I have commissioned over 1400 pieces to date from 58 different artists' studios.  

Please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com with any questions or comments, or to commission a piece.   Each commission is given to 3 artists, giving you a choice of 3 pieces and giving 3 people work.   I do not accept payment until you like one of the signboards, but the artists are all paid up front.  

You can also go to my website at NepalDog.com or see some of what is currently available at NepalDog's YouTube Channel.


See the Dogs in Person!

The Santa Monica Museum of Art has a new stock of Nepal Art Dogs.

 Cooper Black Lab Dilip
 
Cooper, a gorgeous Black Labrador by Dilip Niroj is now available at the Museum.   You can't help but 'be aware' of this gorgeous pooch.

 Terrier.Sport.Sabala
Sport, a terrier mix recently rescued into a great home, as painted by Sabala.   Sport is definitely a Good Boy.

 BrownDog.Polly.Sabala
Polly is an Enlightened Dog, by Sabala.   The Nepali lettering translates as 'Dharma Dog'.  

 Gus.WhiteLab.MeghRaj
Gus the White Labrador Retreiver as a puppy by Megh Raj.   With his football. 

 WhiteLab.Gus.Sabala

Gus all grown up and now 'Enlightened', still looking for that soccer ball!   By Sabala.

 Pit.Sierra.Sabala
Sierra the Enlightened Pitt Bull!   By Sabala.

 Double.Stargell.Amar
Sophie and Stargel by Amar Shrestha.   I don't know what breed Stargel is, but her stare is compelling.   She looks almost human in this portrait.   Amar also captured the friendship between the two dogs and had fun with their collar/jewelry.

 BeardedCollie.Grover.Nara
Grover is a Bearded Collie, painted here by Nara.  

 Cat.ChocChip.Nara
It's not all Danger Dogs at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, there are also a couple of Cats available.   Here we have Chocolate Chip hiding in the shrubbery as painted by Nara.

 CalicoCat.Lucy.Sabala
Not a hunter but a lover, Lucy the Calico Kitty is aggressively affectionate.  By Sabala.  

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A couple of Enlightened Parrots by Sagar.   Note Sagar's signature in Japanese between the two perches.   Sagar means 'Ocean' in Nepalese, and Sagar's Japanese signature reflects that.

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And a portrait of my very own chicken, the larger-than-life Grace Kelly (her nickname is Ginger), a Buff Orpington.    The leader of the pecking order, painted by Sabala from a photo by Peter Weibel.  

 BlackLab.Arrow.raaz
Arrow the Black Lab sports a rhinestone collar.   An Enlightened Dog as painted by Raaz, a new artist I found in 2009.

 BlackLab.Jack.MeghRaj
Jack the Black Lab with a favorite toy.   Jack has that playful look that Labs get when they get going.   By Megh Raj.

 Pit.Shelby.Raaz
I'm not sure what type of dog Shelby is, but he is beautiful.   By Raaz.

 Shepherd.Popo.Dilip
Popo is a 'Denger Gog' by Dilip Niroj.   It's a funny thing, Dilip can often spell Enlightened with no trouble, but he has trouble with dog.   I don't mind.   You should see how I mangle Nepali.

These portraits are painted on recycled metal in Nepal by endangered signboard artists, whose traditional hand-painted artwork is being replaced by computer-generated and/or mass-produced signage.

The price through the museum is $198 each, and you will be supporting a fine museum as well as the struggling Nepali artists.

You can help this Fair Trade art project by buying an existing sign, or ordering a custom commission of your own pet.  Each commission generates 3 paintings, giving 3 different Nepali artists much needed work -- giving you a wide choice of portraits of your pet and museums such as the Santa Monica Museum of Art gift shop folk art.

You pay only after my return from Nepal and you have made your choice.  If you don't like the works, you are not obligated to pay.   No bad Karma here!

Micro-finance through Art Patronage.

If you have any questions or would like to see what I have in your breed, please email me at ampage1@gmail.com. You can also check out my website at NepalDog.com.


It's raining Cats and Dogs!

Today, the Cat of the Day is Vincent, a neighborhood Abyssinian Cat.

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Vincent shares his home with Ernesto, a Siamese.

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Ziggy Stardust as a Danger Cat by Sabala.  

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Zia by Chandra Chaudhury in a green mood.

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Queenie by Shantos.  

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Zia again, this time by Shree of Pokhara.

 CalicoCat.Lucy.Sabala
Lucy, a Calico Cat, by Sabala.   It is true that she is an aggressively affectionate cat!

 Cat.ChocChip.Nara
Chocolate Chip is a hunting cat.   By Nara.

 Cat.RamKrishna
Looks like Cruiser the Cat is ready for the full moon.   By Ram Krishna Chaudhury.

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Cruiser, this time by Karma.   Nice and primitive, this one.

 Cat.Zia.Sufraj
Can't get enough of Zia.   By Sufraj.

If you'd like to see more of the Cats of Nepal, here's a link to my YouTube Channel, and a nice slide show of available cats.   It is set to Nepali folk music, an extra treat.   If you like what you see, please take a moment to share on Facebook or Twitter.   I'd love for you to rate it, as well.  

All of these cats featured today are available, hand painted on recycled metal and about one foot square.   They are painted as part of a Fair Trade art project that helps endangered Nepali signboard artists throughout Nepal.

If you'd like to be part of this project, please send me a photo of you pet and you will get a choice of 3 paintings by 3 different artists.    The purpose of this project is to keep the art of signboards alive in Nepal where digital imagery has replaced most of the hand-painted works.