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January 2011

Folk Art Danger Dogs from Nepal: Dilip, Sagar, Lal Karki and Mahesh

More Danger Dogs -- this time I am venturing into more realist artists.

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Dilip Niroj prefers dogs like Doberman Pinschers and German Shepherds, and whenever I get an order for those, I give it to him.   As you can see, he has branched out and now paints all dogs well.   Above is Shelby, Nanuk, Gus, Sierra and Jojo and Maggie (in the Cone of Shame).   Nanuk and the Double Dog of Maggie and Jojo are still available of this lot.

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Above is Dilip with Gustavo, a little black dog that looks like a long-haired Chihuahua to me!   Behind Dilip are examples of the hand-painted license plates that make up much of his work. 

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Sagar paints his Danger Dogs and Cats with a decidedly thuggish slant.   His portrait of Zia the black cat captures her intensity.   Sagar often incorporates the classic circle motif when he paints.   He also teaches many Japanese the art of painting, and they taught him how to sign his name in Japanese in return.  

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This portrait of Duke again shows Sagar's distinct style.   Duke looks ready to break out of his brick wall!

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Lal Karki of Pokhara's Damside is a nice man and a good artist.   His portraits cleanly fall into the Folk Art category.    I especially love the walls in these artists' studios.  

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This is Lal Karki's painting of an Irish Setter.   To be fair, the photo was in black and white.

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Mahesh painted this portrait of Bubba the Boxer.   This is a little smaller than most Danger Dogs at 8 inches by 10 inches.

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As you can see Mahesh is young (and handsome).   Like many of the Nepali artists, they try a number of schemes to make money.   There is a phone booth behind Mahesh in his studio.   Not much call for that anymore, as everyone has a cell phone.   However once I went to pick up and there were only 3 paintings.   I asked 'where's the 4th?'  and he replied  'a tourist bought it!'  'That's great', I reply, 'that's just what I want.   You made another for me, right?'   No.   Well, just because you are a good artists does not mean you have good business sense!   It must have been a good portrait.

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.

 

 

 


Naive Danger Dogs by Shiva, Amar, Hari Prasad and Karma.

Today, I am again featuring some naive signboard painters from Nepal.

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Shiva Adikhari painted Bodhi the Pit Bull mix, but forgot to put in the English text!   The text is in Tibetan and it reads:  'Brilliant Dog Here.  Is here.   Do you have dog?'   He was told to use only the first sentence,  but used it all!   Apparently the monk at the Shechen Monastery who gave me the translation gave me more than I asked for.

This sign always gives Tibetans a big laugh.

This painting is 15 inches square, a bit larger than other artists.

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Also by Shiva is this portrait of an Italian Mastiff.    Native Nepali beware of dog signs almost always have a tongue.

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Amar Shrestha paints his Danger Dogs (and Cats) while sitting on the floor.   His artwork is definitely on the naive side, but if you give him a resting pet, he really captures the relaxation. 

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Amar pays particular attention to the eyes in this portrait of Elliot the Gordon Setter.  'Pented by Amar' is how he often signs his works.

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I like to think of Hari Prasad as an urban artist.   This portrait of a White Scottish Terrier is an example where Hari includes the cement sidewalk as an element in the portrait.   Love his shadows, too.

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Fudgie Joe the Sheepdog by Hari Prasad shows his detailed brushstrokes.

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This portrait of a small white dog is by Karma.   Like many Nepalis, Karma has gone to South Korea to make a better living, on a 3-year contract.    24% of Nepal's GNP is made up of remittance money sent from abroad.   I am happy for Karma, as I know that it is not easy to get these jobs.   Applicants for these jobs outnumber the positions by 8 to 1.   Difficult tests are administered and he had to learn to speak, read and write Korean!

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Karma's dogs are naive.   Be careful of Harriet the rescue Dog!

The Danger Dogs from Nepal Fair Trade art project 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.

 

 

 

 


Cartoon Danger Dogs from Nepal: Arjun, Punam, Nabin and Jit Gurung

Here is the second in the series of Danger Dogs artists that are more primitive.   These artists render your dog like a cartoon!

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Arjun Karki painted this portrait of a Nepali dog.  His works are very pastel.   The artists Ed Moses and Patricia Chidlaw both have Arjun's art in their collections.

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This portrait of a pointer by Arjun again shows his style.

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Mick Jagger the Bull Dog by Punam.   This artist should be working for Disney Studios designing characters! 

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Here the Dogs are drying in the back of Punam's studio.  Available pieces include the Rottweiler, St. Bernard, the German Shepherd, and the black and white dog (Lucy).

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Grover, a bearded collie, painted by Nabin.   His cartoonish portraits are fun and colorful.

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Remember that little black and white Nepali dog by Arjun at the top of the post?   This is Nabin's version.

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Most of the above portraits in front of Nabin's studio are done on spec.    Nabin is one of the few artists that has good business sense.   I did buy a number of these.   I especially like the 'cat/dog' on the right.

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This portrait of Inga, the world's meanest Chihuahua, is by Jit Gurung.   I recently ran into Inga's owner at my show at Hotel Erwin at the Venice Art Crawl.   He wanted me to tell you that Inga has recently been put on Xanax waiting for the Prozac to kick in!  

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This portrait of a Pug by Jit Gurung reminds me of the work of R.Crumb.

Tomorrow, more naive artists from Nepal.

The Danger Dogs from Nepal Fair Trade art project promotes the dying art of signboards in Nepal.

Danger Dogs from Nepal are handpainted signs painted on 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.

 

 

 

 


Naive Danger Dogs from Nepal: Hari, Chandra, Shree and Santosh

This is the start of a series on various artists.   I will be grouping them as to their styles, starting with some of my more naive artists.   

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Some of my artists fall into the naive category.   Grace the Pit Bull is painted here by Hari Timesina.   His style is primative and fluid.

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Hari paints all his portraits on one large sheet and then cuts them into individual portraits.   You can imagine how happy I am when I walk in and see a great wall of Danger Dogs!

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Chandra Chaudhury painted this portrait of a young Boston Terrier.  His proportions are all mixed up, and his snouts are innnovative, to say the least.

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Also by Chandra is this portrait of Floy, a Pit Bull.   Here he concentrates on Floy's eyes, though not their placement.

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Shree Laimacchaine paints in a very dramatic, stylized fashion.   Here is his portrait of Layla, a Black Labrador Retriever.   Shree's work is very dramatic.

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When I came to pick up at Shree's studio, on the top row, you can see that he painted a portrait of Layla the Black Lab again on spec.  The Double Dog of Max and Ernie are next, and the lovely Shiba Inu Yuki has been sold to the owner.

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Santosh Shrestha paints Kali, a Tibetan Mastiff.   His style manages to be both naive and representational.   And I love his signature.

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Jack Henry the Cat by Santosh.  Here Jack Henry looks like a mackerel on the rear half.   And it is obvious that he doesn't like to do paws.   Santosh paints solid color backgrounds of blue, green, yellow, black, and white -- not only red, as shown in these two examples.   Jack Henry is disarmingly handsome here, he should go see the movie '127 Hours'.

Tomorrow, more naive artists from Nepal.

The Danger Dogs from Nepal Fair Trade art project promotes the dying art of signboards in Nepal.

Danger Dogs from Nepal are handpainted signs painted on 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.

 

 


Great Danger Dogs

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You know, I'm going through inventory right now.   I have to say that I love them all like children.   However, there are some that are so beautiful or interesting or just plain outsider....   I'd like to feature some of those in the next few days.   Above is a fine example.   A portrait of Gabby by Sanjib Rana.

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Who could help but fall in love with this portrait of Bindi, a rescue Doberman Pinscher as hand-painted by Sagar.   Note that Sagar signs his artworks with his name in Japanese.

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This painting of the Italian Greyhound Flo-jo (named after guess-who?) by Shree Laimacchaine of Pokhara.   Notice the cool signature with the underlined paint brush as an added fillip! 

Later I am going to start a series of posts that feature the various artists grouped by style.  

Tomorrow, more naive artists from Nepal.

The Danger Dogs from Nepal Fair Trade art project promotes the dying art of signboards in Nepal.

Danger Dogs from Nepal are handpainted signs painted on 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.