Makandal the Haiti Rescue Dog by Amar Shrestha, 2007 SOLD
Makandal emigrated from Haiti to Canada. Mak`s full name is Makandal, who was the slave that perfected the art of poisoning the white masters and started the revolution! I'm betting he enjoyed Canada. Amar did a fine job on this one.
Batboy is a (waning?) Canadian dog. A huge enlightened Mastiff, I hope he is having a good time this Canada Day.
Batboy the Mastiff by Baba 2010 Available
From the same photo as above, here we have Batboy by the always fabulous Baba. The signboard is signed Surya as it came from the Surya Studio in Kathmandu.
Apparently Bruiser smells! So much so that he got the Enlightened Stinky Dog treatment. Ram Krishna captured his sidelong glance. He also lives in Canada.
Both of Bruiser's Nepali script translate as 'Dharma Dog' (religious Dog).
This portrait of Flick is a particular favorite of mine. I was told that Flick 'would not say boo to a ghost' (a Canadian phrase?) and they did not choose this one as he looks a bit crazed. However, it is another of my favorites. He appears to be watching ants.
Duke, while technically NOT a Canadian, is owned by one, so this charming portrait is included here.
Duke here is decidedly more menacing. As a matter of fact, the owner chose the portrait that most captured his sweet nature. Here Duke looks a bit like Humphrey Bogart as a dog. Sagar enjoys painting exotic backgrounds on some pieces. Is that an apparition in the background?
Hope all of my Canadian friends are enjoying their day off!
These paintings are part of the Nepal Art Dog fair trade art project. These talented signboard artists are losing work to digital graphic designers and rarely hand-paint signs now.
To order your own pet as a Nepal Art Dog, please send me a photo of your pet. I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of paintings and three people will get work. Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint. These can be hung indoors or out, be framed or unframed.
Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front. If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case. Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!
Send your photo to email@example.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.
Let's keep these artists painting.
ORDERS OPEN FOR NEXT TRIP (OCTOBER, 2011). I'll be back in early December with your order.
American Dogs = Nepali Jobs. Micro-finance through art patronage!
Goodbye from Dogmandu!