This guy certainly has his hands full! This signboard is in Pokhara, a lovely resort town centered on the lovely Lake Fewa.
Looks like this dog took the advice on this sign. His chakra seems well-balanced. Again on the main road in Pokhara. Notice the signboard on the left: Namaste Bakery. Pokhara is a very continental town and caters to many nationalities, as evidenced by the Israeli lettering on that sign. Israelis are catered to in town, with many restaurants offering bagels, Israeli salads, etc. There are many cyber cafes that offer Hebrew keyboards.
I've tried to find the artist who painted this butcher shop signboard. I enjoy the bloody neck detail and he had fun with the lettering, too. This guy tried hard to put his stamp on this signage. The artist's name is Arjun, but I don't know the last name and Arjun is quite a common name in Nepal.
This is Harriet the rescue dog as a work in progress from Punam Arts in Pokhara. This is an example of the type of work you can expect when you order a portrait of your pet from the Nepal Art Dog Fair Trade art project.
As you can see, the art of Nepal is versatile and charming. It would be a shame to have these hand-painted signs be replaced by corporate sponsored signage produced in conjunction with a focus group, probably a focus group in another country.
The Nepal Art Dog project promotes the endangered art of Nepali signboards. These Fair Trade signboards are hand-painted on recycled metal, using synthetic enamel and can be hung indoors or out. They are approximately one foot square. Over 1400 portraits have been commissioned to date, giving these artists real work.
On my most recent trip to Nepal, the Danger Dog commissions were the only art these artists were still hand painting -- all their other work was mass-produced, digital or printed on flex. I decided to concentrate on pets as there was a tradition in Nepal already of 'beware of dog' placards and I knew that people would like them. These are truly fine artists whose work is disappearing at an alarming rate.
Each commission will be given to at least 3 signboard artists - giving 3 people work, the pet owner a choice and museum shops Nepali folk art. No money is accepted up front. If you don't like any of the 3 choices, you pay nothing. Or you can buy an existing painting.
This project is for pet lovers who collect art and would like to make a difference in these artists' lives.
Micro-finance through art patronage!
More information is available at NepalDog.com.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order or to answer any questions.