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December 2010

Danger Dogs: Lhasa Apsos!

Lhasa Apsos are very popular (and valuable) dogs in Nepal.

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This portrait of a Lhasa Apso is painted by Vinosh with the lettering and border done by Birju Chaudhury.

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This handsome Lhasa Apso is painted by Santosh Shrestha.  

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Max, part Lhasa Apso, as painted by Amar Shrestha is available at the Santa Monica Museum of Art (smmoa.org).

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Palden is a young Lhasa Apso male that lives in Kathmandu.   He actually sits up on his hind legs in a Namaste position.   Here is a link to Palden live on the NepalDog YouTube channel.   This portrait of Palden is also currently at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

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Dolma is a Lhasa Apso puppy whose parents live next door to me at the Dragon Guest House in Boudha.   Dolma's portrait is by Amar Shrestha.

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Dolma's mother on the rooftop next door.

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Here is a Kathmandu Lhasa Apso named Happy.   Her cohorts are named Pretty, Lovely and Handsome.   I have found most Lhasa Apso's in Nepal are kept in packs of 3 or 4 dogs.

All portraits of Lhasa Apso's on today's Danger Dog Blog are presently available.   Please write me at ampage1@gmail.com for more information on how to purchase these signs.  

Danger Dogs from Nepal are handpainted signs painted on metal in Nepal.   These commissioned portraits were made to promote the dying art of signboards in Nepal.  

This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world.   I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living.   Everybody is happy.   Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal!

I am now accepting custom orders for the next Danger Dog trip to Nepal sometime in spring 2011.   These signboards are approximately one foot square, they are painted on metal using synthetic enamel and can be hung indoors or out.    You tell me what you would like it to say!

Please contact me if you need a special present, as after making over 1700 of these pieces I have just about every breed imaginable.   Please write me at ampage1@gmail.com with any requests or questions. 

Micro-finance through art patronage.  

Give someone you love a portrait of someone they love - and support art from the Himalayas -- Dogmandu.

 

 

 

 


Why I Love Nepal: Mannequins

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This guy cracked me up!   These photos were taken on Nepal's Day of the Dog. 

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Children don't dress like this as much as I'd like in Kathmandu.

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These Mannequins were just hanging around.   This is how many, many women dress in Kathmandu, one of the many reasons I like it here so much.

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These photos give a bit of the sense of chaos on the streets of Kathmandu.  

For more Mannequins from Nepal, please click here.

Hope you all have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Danger Dog Art Project.  

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Here are some cool cats from this year's second trip.   Coco the White Cat by Sufraj Khadka, Lula the Zen Kitty (again by Sufraj), Rocky the 3-legged black cat by Amar Shrestha and Coco by Megh Raj Thapa (clockwise from top left).    All except the last one are still available. 

The signs above are approximately one square foot, painted on (often) recycled metal using synthetic enamel.   They can be hung indoors or out.  

The Danger Dog project is a Fair Trade project dedicated to promoting the fast-disappearing art of hand-painted signboards.  

You can commission a custom portrait of your pet, and I will give three signboard artists your pet's photo and you will give 3 people work, get a choice of 3 artworks and will be supporting a dying art form in Nepal.

Please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com with any questions or comments.   I also have many of these beautiful folk art paintings in stock.   Let me know what you are looking for.   Maybe I have it!

 


Danger Dogs at the Venice Art Crawl

The Hotel Erwin featured the Danger Dogs last Thursday night as part of the 5th Venice Art Crawl.

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The Dogs were in a Christmas mood, as art patrons wandered in and out of the Pop Up Gift Shop at the Hotel Erwin Hash in the forecourt of the Hotel.  Two Danger Dogs came by and saw their own portraits: Pinky - Larry Bell's Dog and Inga, the world's meanest Chihuahua.   Inga's owner wanted you to know that she is now on Xanax, waiting for the puppy Prozac to kick in, and that the anti-anxiety drugs are starting to work.   At about 5 pounds, she is so tiny, her dose must be smaller than a grain of sand.

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It was a novel way for me to hang the Danger Dogs on the chain curtains.   In the foreground are custom Beastie Bak Converse sneakers designed with images of the Beastie Boys and hand signed by the photographer Sunny Bak.  

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Above are the Danger Dogs mixed with prints from Isabella Alford-Lago (on the table in the foreground).

If you missed the Dogs this month, the Venice Art Crawl is held monthly on the third Thursday of the month.   The next Venice Art Crawl is on Thursday, January 20, 2011.   

Please stay tuned for more information about the Danger Dogs at January's Crawl.   I'll announce the location here closer to the event.

Hope everyone has a Holiday Season no matter what you celebrate.   


See the Dogs Live: New Stone Age

There are some great new Danger Dogs available at New Stone Age  here in Los Angeles on West Third at Orlando.   Next time you are near the Beverly Center, stop  by and check out this wonderful boutique which features ecclectic and beautiful gifts.

Here is what's new at New Stone Age in the Danger Dog realm:

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Willow, a Golden Labrador Retriever, by Shiva Thapa.   The lettering in Red is in Tibetan script and translates as 'Dog here is brilliant'.     Shiva paints near Mahendrapul in Pokhara, and while it appears that Willow is all dressed up for Nepal's Day of the Dog, in reality this lucky dog lives the life of Riley every day in Malibu.

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Shelby by Raaz Rai is pretty in pink.   This skillful portrait is elegantly lettered and is on very thick recycled metal.

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Gonzalo is a little black dog that looks like a long-haired Chihuahua to me.   This portrait by Dilip Niroj includes Nepali lettering that says 'Kukur dehi hosiar' (English translation 'Dog here is vicious') -- quite a contrast with the Enlightened Dog.   Beautiful brush work on this painting.

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Coco the White Cat by Sabala is the first Cat ever to be offered here at New Stone Age.   This one has incredible eyes.   The Nepali script reads CoCo.

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Bindi, a beautiful Doberman, looks a little daunting here in her portrait by Sagar.   Just what you want in a Beware of Dog sign.   Sagar's name means 'ocean' in Nepali, and he signs his name with the Japanese chop meaning 'ocean'.  

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Fern the Odalisque, also by Sagar.   Fern is a cute and comfortable Jack Russell Terrier.

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Marley, a Beagle/Corgi mix is the softest dog imaginable.   And happy, too, to be painted by Sabala. 

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This Maltese is painted by Vinosh, who is no longer available for the Danger Dog project as he has moved to Saudi Arabia to make more money than he would in Nepal.   The lettering was done by Birju, who signed the finished piece.

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This little black Scottie Dog, Fala, is painted by the same duo of Vinosh and Birju.

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Kahuna the Zen Pug by Shree Laimechhaine of Pokara who painted this stylized portrait.   Shree tends to give Nepali Extreme Home Makeovers to decor and this is no exception.    Note the paintbrush that underlines his signature.

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Ollie and Lilly are a pair of Cavelier King Charles Spaniels painted by Vinosh and Birju.  

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Gemma is part Bull Dog.  Her portrait by Sagar has her jumping through hoops.

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This is a Fawn Italian Mastiff painted by Pulkit.

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There is a lot more to see at New Stone Age.   Stop by and browse the store for unusual finds.

If you are interested in buying any of the Danger Dogs featured here today, please contact Nicole at (323)-658-5969 and they will be happy to help.

This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world.   I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living.   Everybody is happy.   Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal!

I am now accepting custom orders for the next Danger Dog trip to Nepal sometime in spring 2011.   These signboards are approximately one foot square, they are painted on metal using synthetic enamel and can be hung indoors or out.    You tell me what you would like it to say!

Please contact me if you need a special present, as after making over 1700 of these pieces I have just about every breed imaginable.   Please write me at ampage1@gmail.com with any requests or questions.