In honor of that intrepid Peacock that fled the Central Park Zoo, I would like to highlight Peacock signboard art from Nepal.
Peacock by Baba 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal 2009 Available
Peacock by Hari Prasad 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal 2009 Available
These lovely peacocks are part of the Nepal Art Dog fair trade art 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.