More Danger Dogs -- this time I am venturing into more realist artists.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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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