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