Hari Prasad used graceful lines to showcase this Collie's glossy fur.
One year later, again by Hari Prasad, D.O.G. has a dramatic black background. This one was not a commission, but a work that Hari did on his own to sell to me. Who could resist?
Typhoon was an award winning show Collie circa 1970 and this painting was from a black and white photo. Typhoon had tulip ears.
Zach also has lovely tulip ears and a charming smile in his portrait.
Baba took the black and white photo and turned it into a colorful portrait of Typhoon.
This primitive portrait is by Saachin. Saachin now lives (and paints, I hope) in New York City.
Sanjib Rana gave Zach a big smile, a dramatic background and beautiful lettering. This portrait of Zach is currently available at the Craft and Folk Art Museum store. Find out more at cafam.org.
These folk art Collies are part of the Nepal Art Dogs project.
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.