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Danger Dog Artists from the Tripureshwor District Part 2

Here is the second group of artists from the Tripureshwor area of Kathmandu.   Enjoy.

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Lal Badahur of Himal Arts is painting a portrait of Mo the Pug. DSC03558
This is a portrait of Princess, a long-haired dachshund.   Lal signed these on the back.

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Aasha Arts from Kathmandu have a very primitive style.

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Here is Cash, a pug ordered through the Santa Monica Museum of Art by Aasha.

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This is a portrait by Mohan Newpane of a Nepali Alsatian.

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Here is the dapper and confident Mohan in the flesh.

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Krishna painted this portrait of Daddy the Catahula Leopard Dog.

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Krishna painted this portrait from a black and white newspaper clipping and made the dog brown.

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 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.

 Visit the NepalDog.com website.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Danger Dog Artists from the Tripureshwor District Part 1

Today, I'll focus on an area of Kathmandu that is chock-ful of signboard artists.

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Nepal Arts is a studio in the commercial area of Kathmandu.    This portrait of Elliot the Gordon Setter by Pulkit of Nepal Arts reminds me of an Edvard Munch painting.

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Here Pulkit is with Colette the Black Standard Poodle and her buddy Bijoux the Golden Retriever in the snow.   Both available, by the way.

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Krishna with his works in progress.

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As you can see, his firm is called New Krishna Art and Advertising.  Here is Clark, a true Danger Dog.

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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.

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Punam Mankarjee smiles as his Danger Dogs dry in the sunshine.

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Punam's distinctive blue graphics behind this Golden Retriever make a nice folk art painting.

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 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.

 Visit the NepalDog.com website.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Danger Dogs: Saachin, Shahi, JK and Khanchan

More examples of artists and their work from the Danger Dog Project.

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Saachin painted this portrait of a Nepali dog that befriended us one day as we set off to hike to Lupra, a Bon-po village not far from Keg Beni in Mustang.   This dog, who we named Kukor (the Nepali word for dog),  followed us for 4 hours, chewing on goatskins he found alongside the road and fording rivers and streams much more gracefully than we could.   We had to take off our shoes to ford and he simply waited for the perfect spot to jump across.   Kukor was a magnificent dog.   When I got back to California, I came across a photo of him online where he had befriended and travelled with a group for 6 days in the Annapurna Base Camp.   Apparently Kukor had walked over 60 kilometers in 3 days to get to where this group had met him.   Here is his portrait by Saachin.

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Saachin signs his Danger Dogs.   Saachin now lives somewhere in New York City, and I hope he found his pot of gold.

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Shahi painted this portrait of a Saint Bernard.   I immediately fell in love with his sharp-edged lines, softly painted fur and dramatic black lettering and edging.   This beauty is still available.

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Shahi with some works in progress.  Shahi has fallen on hard times recently.   He had to relocate his studio and move into a much smaller place farther off the street with less walk-in traffic.

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This huge Silky (18" by 18") is dramatic with its orange and blue fur.    Painted by JK of JK Arts, he insisted on the larger format and he was right.  This Danger Dog is life sized.

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JK works in this hallway leading to his home in the back.   His wife is a big supporter and eagerly showed me his other work.

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Khanchan painted this Golden Retreiver.  

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Khanchan has also run into difficulties recently as he has lost his studio space and relocated to a smaller space.   Real Estate is the same everywhere, and Lakeside real estate in Pokhara is at a premium.   Khanchan is working on a typical signboard.

All artworks featured on today's blog are currently available.

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This is the second month in a row that the Danger Dogs have been invited to join the Venice Art Crawl.   Held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, this 6-month old Crawl is successfully working out its growing pains.    I was lucky to be outside the Hama Sushi on Windward on the traffic circle where the Dogs drew attention both from restaurant goers and Art Crawl patrons (many with dogs).

Thanks to Elaine Koenig for this nice shot of me outside Hama Sushi.

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 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.

 Visit the NepalDog.com website.

 

 

 

 

 


Fetching Danger Dogs by Sanjib, Shantosh, Govinda and Painter Babu.

Continuing in my series of Nepal Art Dog artists...

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Simon by Nara drying on a motorcycle.  

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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.

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However, Lucy the Border Collie with her peanut butter filled toy by Shantosh IS still available.   Please inquire at ampage1@gmail.com to buy her.

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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.

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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 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.

 Visit the NepalDog.com website.

 

 

 


More Danger Dogs: Sabala, Megh Raj, Nara and Indra

Today I'll feature some of my more representational artists.

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Sabala's fabulous artwork dries on the rooftop of the studio.  Sabala is one of my most requested artists.  Sabala is originally from Southern India, Kerala to be exact.

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Sabala was the first artist I turned to when I first commissioned the limited series Folk Art Obamas in November 2008.    All of Nepal was as excited as I was with our new president.   The limited edition is exclusively available at the Santa Monica Museum of Art at smmoa.org.   I had always been told that Sabala was an 'old man'.    Of course, he's younger than me!   And very nice.  

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Megh Raj Thapa and his portraits are very detailed.   As you can see here in his portrait of 4 Labradors hanging out of the back of a BMW hatchback, he is good at capturing the sweetness (and light) of dogs.

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Here is Megh Raj hard at work in his studio that is just inches from the street.

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Corton, a Coton de Tulear, as painted by Nara.   Nara uses a dark blue background on all his paintings.

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Siggy the Boxer by Nara.

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Another artist that likes blue backgrounds is my newest artist Indra Lama.   He has only painted 2 portraits as a test, but I think you can see why I will look forward to giving him more work.  Above is his portrait of Palden the Lhasa Apso from Kathmandu.

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Indra also has a way with cats.   Simone the blue-eyed Siamese is quite dramatic and beautiful.

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 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.

 Visit the NepalDog.com website.