Danger Dogs of Texas
July 24, 2012
The Danger Dogs were in South Texas at the new Folk Art Gallery in North Sequin, Texas, called High Lonesome Gallery. The High Lonesome is now closed. We will all miss it. However, all dogs marked as available are still available from me through the NepalDog.com website.
The Danger Dogs were up at the High Lonesome.
King Luke the Cattle Dog by Dilip Niroj, Available at High Lonesome Gallery.
Cattle dogs are popular in Texas, and I sent High Lonesome a nice selection, starting with King Luke the Australian Cattle Dog. I knew Luke and he was full of personality. He was certainly motivated by food. He would eat anything!
This nice portrait of Luke immortalizing him shows his strength and his intent gaze.
Lucy the Cattle Dog by Baba, Available at High Lonesome Gallery.
Baba did a great job painting the beautiful Lucy. The Nepali script translated to 'Dharma Dog' in Nepalese.
Lucy the Cattle Dog by Sagar. Sold at High Lonesome Gallery.
Another version of the lovely Lucy, this time by Sagar. When I travel to Nepal and commission these artworks, I always give them to at least 3 signboard artists. These are the two not chosen.
People usually choose the one that most looks like their dog.
Bliss in her agility trials by Hari T. Available at High Lonesome Gallery.
Hari Timesina is one of my most original artists in style and color. This portrait of Bliss the Australian Shepherd does look like a Devil Dog. You can read more of the adventures of Bliss (and they are many) by going to Susan Hartzler's Alpha Dog column in the Examiner.
Bert the Blue Heeler by Megh Raj Thapa, Available at High Lonesome Gallery.
Bert by Megh Raj Thapa is a handsome dog with a sweet portrait. I leave the chalk marks on that the artists use to true the lettering, by the way. You can do what you like when you buy them.
Rooster by Sanjib Rana, Sold at High Lonesome Gallery.
This beautiful Beware of Cock sign is rather large and handsome. 12" by 15" instead of 12" by 12" like all the other signs, it stands out! And the message always gets a good laugh.
Sanjib Rana paints using acryllic rather than the synthetic enamel used by all other artists in the Nepal Art Dog project. His artwork is the only one that cannot be safely hung outside.
Laz the Shepherd by Dilip Niroj, Available at High Lonesome Gallery.
Laz is a good dog and Dilip gave him a big smile.
Killian the Black Lab by Punam, Available at High Lonesome Gallery.
Another unusual artist is Punam from Pokhara. I believe that Punam would have a great career designing cartoons for Walt Disney's Pixar or Dreamworks. He makes them come to life.
Nepali Lab by Ram Krishna, Available at High Lonesome Gallery.
I did not commission this piece, but rather a Nepali person did. But when I saw it in Ram Krishna's studio, I really liked it and they sold it to me instead - at a better rate, no doubt :)! This saintly Danger Dog would not scare anyone.
Duke the White Lab by Sagar, Sold at High Lonesome Gallery.
Sagar has the unusual habit of hiding racy images in the backgrounds of his Danger Dogs. He also tends to make the dog a bit thuggish. This dog looks like Humphrey DogArt to me. World weary.
Thuggish Danger Dogs make sense to keep out burglars.
Fritzi the Shepherd by Manoj, Available at High Lonesome Gallery.
Manoj is my only Christian artist, a young man with a great sense of style, he paints Fritzi as a very happy dog.
Zach the mixed Breed by Jit Gurung, Sold at High Lonesome Gallery.
Look closely at Jit's portrait of Zach and you can see great brushwork. This is a classic example of a Danger Dog and similar to what one might see in Nepal on a compound gate.
Norwich Terrier by Santosh Shrestha, Available at High Lonesome Gallery.
Sorry for the focus on this one, but this Norwich Terrier is a beauty. Come on over to the High Lonesome Gallery to see for yourself.
By the way, 11 artists are represented in these 13 pieces available at High Lonesome.
Over the years, I have commissioned art from 58 signboard artists in Nepal and I would re-hire 42 of them. That just speaks to the depth of talent that is in danger of disappearing. The artists' sons are on the computer, photoshopping work. While Nepal should welcome the 21st Century, we cannot forget the past. These artists deserve to hand paint signs.
The High Lonesome Gallery was South Texas' source for outsider, folk, visionary, vernacular, vintage, regional, traditional, found-object and industrial art and antiques.
Their full address was:
High Lonesome Gallery, 9350 Highway 123, North Seguin, Texas, 78155
The Nepal Art Dogs would love to return to this area, and are actively looking for stores to replace the High Lonesome. Please contact me to consign art.
Your pet too can be immortalized on metal by struggling Nepali signboard artists whose hand-painted work is being replaced by digital graphics. Find out how below.
Now is the time to order: Be ahead of the Pack! Orders now accepted for the Summer 2012 trip.
HOW TO ORDER
To order, please send me a photo of your pet. I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of 3 paintings and three artists 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.
While I am in Nepal, your pet will be featured on the Danger Dog Blog, as I stop into the artists' studios and document the works in progress.
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 protected] or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.
Let's keep these artists painting.
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