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Folk Art Obamas for President's Day

In November, 2008, I was in Nepal when Barack Obama was elected.   I decided to give President Obama to 10 of my more representative artists.  

There were 28 made in a limited edition and the Santa Monica Museum of Art asked for an exclusive.

There are only 4 left on metal, including this Enlightened President painted by Sufraj Khadka.   Sufraj tended to 'lighten' our fearless leader, and I had to ask him to darken his skin.  Maybe he meant to write 'Light President'!

You can contact the museum at if you would like to buy one of the few remaining Folk Art Obamas.

This portrait by Sagar is a preview of an older Obama.   Sagar also made our president look a bit like himself!  This one is still available at the museum.

Dilip enjoyed his work.   This one is sold.

Of course, I did not forget the dog!   This portrait of Bo Obama, the Obama family's faithful Portugese Water Dog, is by Sabala.  

This portrait of Sabala and his son, Sonu, was the first that I saw of the series.   That was when I knew we were onto something!

See more of the Folk Art Obama series here!

Happy President's Day to you all.


Stay tuned for more about Folk Art from the Himalayas.   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 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.

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