Spicy is a handsome Spaniel Chow mix with a beautiful smile that is well captured by Megh Raj Thapa.
Nanuq is a huge fluffy white Samoyed who Dilip has placed on a rocky precipice in this portrait.
The eyes on this cat are luminescent and Indra Lama gives them their glow. This was one of the first portraits I commissioned from Indra and he is now a favorite with his great coloring and detail.
Barney by Baba shows his enlightened grin in this lifelike portrait.
Zia is a perennial favorite of mine for giving to artists to see how they design cat signboards. As you can see, Sufraj does not disappoint.
Enzo is a puppy in this portrait and Shashi emphasizes that, as well as Enzo's bright red collar.
Zach is a show collie with tulip ears and a big grin, painted here by Sanjib Rana.
Sombra is a female German Shepherd that lives in New Mexico. Another beautiful painting by Baba of Kathmandu.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks make great Enlightened Dogs and Esme is no exception. Also by Baba of Kathmandu.
Louie by Sagar is just wonderful in person. The artist Sagar signs his work with a Japanese chop (here on Louie's dog tag) meaning Ocean - a direct translation of Sagar is Ocean in the Nepali language or Devangari script.
Please stop by the museum to see these fair trade art paintings. Go to Cafam.org for directions and hours.
They are all painted using synthetic enamel on metal and are painted by endangered signboard artists in Nepal.
Nepal Art Dogs is a Fair Trade Art project that promotes the endangered signboard artists of Nepal. With over 2000 pieces commissioned in 4 years, the Danger Dogs have made a difference in the lives of many artists. I decided to concentrate on pets as there was a tradition in Nepal already of 'Beware of Dog' signs and I knew that people would like them. These are truly fine artists whose livelihood is disappearing at an alarming rate.
On my most recent trips to Nepal, the Danger Dog commissions were the only art these artists were still hand painting -- all their other work was done from a mass-produced image, often printed on plastic flex.
You can help by ordering a custom portrait of your pet. Each signboard is approximately one square foot, synthetic enamel on metal. Each commission will be given to at least 3 signboard artists -- giving 3 people work, you a choice of 3 signs and museum shops Nepali folk art.
No money accepted up front. If you don't like any of your paintings, you pay nothing. All artists are paid fair trade wages.
For pet lovers who collect art and would like to make a difference.
Micro-finance through art patronage.
For cats, horses, ferrets, birds, hamsters, etc, please go to NepalDog.com for more examples.
If you would like to see a particular breed, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.