Today, I'll focus on an area of Kathmandu that is chock-ful of signboard artists.
New Krishna even recruited an artist from across the street. He gave a photo of Willow the Yellow Labrador Retriever to an older signboard artist to 'spread the wealth' and give him a piece of work. I found 12 artists in the Tripureshwor district and asked them to be ready on Monday. I came by on Wednesday and only 4 studios were ready. Many, many had not yet started. Anyway this is signed 'The Master Painting' and reads 'Dog here is vicious' in Nepalese. Available.
All paintings on today's blog are available at this time.
More artists from the Tripureshwor district of Kathmandu soon. Stay tuned. In the meantime, you can always catch the NepalDog Channel on YouTube. You might like the Nepali Folk Music too.
Danger Dogs from Nepal is a Fair Trade art project which promotes the dying art of signboards in Nepal.
Danger Dogs are handpainted signs painted on (often recycled) metal in Nepal. Each piece is approximately one foot square (though some artists insist on different sizes) using synthetic enamel. They can be hung indoors or out.
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, three people get work, 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. You tell me what you would like it to say!
Your satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front. All artists get paid in any case. You pay only if you like one (or more) of the portraits of your pet.
Please contact me if you need a special present, as after making over 1700 of these art pieces I have just about every breed imaginable. Please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Visit the NepalDog.com website.