Continuing in my series of Nepal Art Dog artists...
Sanjib Rana is the only artist I have hired that was not a signboard artist. He painted everything from murals on fences to shower curtains for the ex-patriate community in Kathmandu. He is considered a fine artist in Nepal. He does not letter his signboards and he uses acrylic paint for his work. Above is Kitty, a majestic Labrador Retriever. Kitty by Sanjib is available.
I am proud to say that I have found permanent work for Sanjib with a leading hotel/resort chain - The Kathmandu Guest House Group. Sanjib now paints art work for hotel rooms 3 days a week, spending another 3 days a week taking his mother to dialysis. Before meeting Sanjib, I had no idea of the ordeal that dialysis patients went through, and the time, effort and money needed to sustain life for kidney patients. Luckily steady work is now within his reach. Above is Sanjib putting the finishing touches on his Danger Dogs during a break from his day job on the Carter Center compound.
Here is a sample of what you will see when you stay in one of the rooms of the Kathmandu Guest House Group. Birdwatching is a big draw to Nepal, with their vast numbers of migratory birds, and these portraits of birds by Sanjib should keep him in work for a long time to come. The paintings of the birds come from a book, but Sanjib reinterprets the scenes and gives them context with his colorful backgrounds.
The Kathmandu Guest House Group is famous for their ecological awareness and especially for their interest in wetland conservation and ornithology.
Govinda Kalikote paints his dogs with an aquatic background and then uses reflective tape for his lettering. Above is Ruby, Ruffian and Aussie - all 3 are available.
A little girl who lives next door with a portrait of Veera the Boston Terrier. As you can see Govinda's studio is very close to the street.
Simon by Nara drying on a motorcycle.
Willa the Samoyed fishing by Shantos. Shantos is unfortunately no longer available. He was very talented, and believe me, I look for him every trip. This portrait is sold to Willa's owner.
However, Lucy the Border Collie with her peanut butter filled toy by Shantosh IS still available. Please inquire at email@example.com to buy her.
The walls of Painter Babu's studio are filled with a mix of old hand-painted canvases, including his self-portrait (below center surrounded by pretty girls, under the Namaste sign). I am a bit curious about the lady fastening her lingerie. Babu used to paint movie posters on canvas outside Kathmandu theaters.
Babu would only paint one Danger Dog. Given a choice of many photos, he chose only Lenny, a Shepherd mix, rather than the 4 pieces offered. An older man, I believe that Babu was uncomfortable with foreigners.
More artists 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.
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Give someone you love a portrait of someone they love - and support art from the Himalayas -- Dogmandu.
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