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See the Dogs in Person!

The Ghetto Gloss Gallery on Melrose at June has added the Nepal Art Dogs to their store.

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Above is a white shepherd by Sabala of Surya Arts, and to the right is Bruce Weber's dog looking decidedly like a rabid pup (by Ramesh of Om Arts).

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The two dogs on the top left are rescue dogs painted by Yuba Raj Adhikari.   That cute little Boston Terrier is Veera by Sabala and Louis the poodle is a Spiritual Dog, also by Sabala.

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New Stone Age LA has a number of Danger Dogs, including the little Shitzu above (by Vinosh), a double portrait of King and Princess by Dilip Niroj, and Ollie and Lily the King Charles Spaniels painted by Vinosh. 

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The Craft and Folk Art Museum has a good selection of Nepal Art Dogs in their store.   They are right across from LACMA on Wilshire.

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The Santa Monica Museum of Art also has the Nepal Art Dogs on display in their store.

Please support these vendors who support the Nepali artists.   

Micro-finance through art patronage is my motto.   Please help these endangered artists to keep their professions and dignity by supporting this Fair Trade Art project.

These signs are hand-painted on recycled metal and are available at these fine stores and on line through NepalDog.com.

You can see more of what is available on the Nepal Dog Channel on YouTube.

Contact me at ampage1@gmail.com with any questions or comments.   I'd love to hear from you.


Nepal Art Dogs in the Snow!

Over here on the left coast, we can only but commiserate with the blizzard conditions on the Eastern Seaboard.   Maybe these will cheer you up....

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Emma, the Catahoula Leopard Dog, frolics in the snow.   This painting is by Sabala.   Catahoulas are the 'State Dog of Louisiana' and known as hunters.    It is not unusual for a Catahoula to have at least one blue eye.  

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Madeline, an extremely happy (and smart) poodle plays in the snow.   As painted by Nara of Asha Arts, Madeline enjoys getting her paws frosted.

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Williwa, a Canadian Samoyed, in her icy northern climes, happy to run the Dog Bar at Flake Restaurant here in Venice, California.   Williwa is named after Mount Williwa, in the Alaskan Chugach Range, near Ankorage, Alaska. 

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Schatzi lives in Malibu and is normally to be found rollicking in the sands of Broad Beach.   Here the Labrador Retriever enjoys her time in the show.   By Pulkit of Nepal Arts in Kathmandu.

The hand-painted signboard art of Nepal is quickly disappearing, being replaced by modern mass-production images.   You can support this endangered art form by ordering a Nepal Art Dog of your own, or by buying an already existing signboard.  

These Danger Dogs featured today are still available, ranging in price from $150 to $200 each.   Please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com with any questions or comments.   Also check out my website at NepalDog.com to see what else is available.

This Fair Trade art project is for pet lovers who collect art and want to make a difference in these struggling artists' lives.   Each commission generates work for at least 3 different Nepali artists giving 3 people work, and you 3 portraits of your pet.


Danger Dogs and Their Toys

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Everyone knows that Labrador Retrievers love their balls!   Here is Gus as painted by Megh Raj with his Soccer Ball.

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Lucy the Border Collie with her toy by Shantosh.  

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Flojo the Italian Greyhound by Amar with a favorite toy. 

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Cooper, a Black Lab Labrador Retriever with his frog toy.

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Chloe the White Standard Poodle with her Red Ball by Shree.   This photo of Chloe was taken on a hardwood floor lined with bookshelves.

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Williwa the White Samoyed has her favorite bus.   By Amar.

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Lucy the Border Collie again with her toy, and this time behind a chair!   By Penter Amar.

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Niki with her little ball.  This portrait of a Pomeranian disappeared from a post office in Brooklyn.   By Shree.

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Lastly, we have the lively Jasper - a dachshund with the neat trick of being able to run with a toy in hand.   The original photo of Jasper had no ball, but this was painted by Shree at the same time as the above portrait of Niki the Pomeranian and Shree gave both of the dogs' a yellow ball.

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To illustrate the marvelous before and after of these works, here is the original photo that Shree worked with.   I love the added tree and the impossible little ball that he gave Jasper to carry.   

The Danger Dogs are signboard art from Nepal, hand-painted on metal by endangered Nepali signboard artists, whose work is rapidly being replaced by generic mass-produced works.   As you can see, their work is original and amusing, and one never knows what to expect.

By commissioning a portrait of your pet, you will support 3 different artists, getting a choice that will surprise you.   You pay only after choosing which portrait you prefer.   The cost is $250 per commission.   The next Danger Dog trip to Nepal will be in late spring, 2010.   Send me a photo of your pet to ampage1@gmail.com, let me know what you would like your signboard to say.  

Please contact me with any questions or comments at ampage1@gmail.com.   The Danger Dog website is NepalDog.com.  


Saintly Danger Dogs

Some dogs just deserve a halo!

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This Nepalese White Labrador was given a halo by Ram Krishna Chaudhury.   The image is taken from the Everest Kennel Club calendar and Ram Krishna had told me that it was for a foreign client when I first saw it.

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I had come in to check on Ram's progress and found that he had not started on my 7 Danger Dog commissions, but was working on this one - ostensibly for a local foreigner.   I told him it was great that he was getting work, but that he needed to start on mine too!   I don't know what happened with that other buyer, but when Ram Krishna offered to let me buy it, I did not hesitate for a second.   I really like the finished product, and love that halo!      It is available at this time.

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Bella is a black Labrador from the 2nd Danger Dog trip in 2007.   I gave ShaShi from Om Sai Art a black and white photo of Bella, and this was the result.   It turned out that Bella had died and her owner loved the fact that she turned up with a halo.    Needless to say, this one was snapped up by Bella's owner.

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Sabala chose to give MacGuffin the Zen Terrier a turquoise aura!   MacGuffin is currently available.

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Colette the Black Standard Poodle has a fiery glow.   This painting is signed by Birju (who did the letterinng) but painted by Vinosh.    Collette is also sold.

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This little Nepali puppy was celebrating her first Day of the Dog in Pokhara.   ShaShi of Om Sai Art gave her a silver aura and golden banners to boot!    Available.    This one is on extra heavy metal and includes ShaShi's full name:  ShaShi Bhushan Mukhiya.

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Rufus the Labradoodle by Sagar has a purple aura.   He is sold!


The Danger Dog Project is an ongoing effort to promote Nepali signboard art and to keep art as a viable profession in this digital age.

Each of the above signboards are hand painted on metal by signboard artists in Nepal.   The artists use synthetic metal and the signs can be used indoors or out.   I have commissioned 1400 signs to date and will return to Nepal twice in 2010 to order more.   These commissions are making a difference to these artists, giving them interesting and lucrative work at Fair Trade prices.    Each commission generates work for at least 3 artists in Nepal.  

I collect no money up front for the commissions, the client pays only if they like one of the portraits of their pet.   The artists get paid regardless.   The pieces not chosen end up being sold in museum shops, retail stores and exhibitions.   Price for a commission of one pet is $250 for the choice of three paintings.

It is Micro-finance through art patronage.

Please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com with any questions or to order.   You can also go to my website at NepalDog.com to see more about the Danger Dog Fair Trade Art project.


New Year's Danger Dogs

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Sunny, a little black dog all dressed up for the New Year, relaxes during a wonderful New Year's Day party in Culver City.   She is a rescued dog, found wandering in traffic on Sunset Boulevard - hence her name.  

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Her beau, Petey, also 'put on the dog' for the party.   Petey is a dachshund mix and was welcomed into Sunny's household as a rescue pup also.

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When I first arrived at the party, Petey and Sunny were on the chair posing just like this cute couple (Ruby and Otterpop) from my last trip.  Danger Gog! by Dilip is still available.

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Sabala painted this portrait of the happy duo.  Also available. 

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I wasn't able to photograph Chloe, the white standard poodle 'mistress of the house', but she is well-represented with her Danger Dog triple portraits.   Above is Chloe by Shree.   The original photo used by Shree had Chloe walking down a hard-wood hallway with books lining the walls.   I guess Shree thought she should be walking down a brick road with her favorite toy.

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Chloe by Sabala is part of the 'Poodles for Peace' movement.

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Here is Chloe by Amar, captured in all her elegance with her big heart and graceful face.

All of Chloe's portraits are sold, but I do have another great white standard if anyone is interested:

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Also by Shree, this is Sophie, an enlightened poodle.

Please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com with any questions or comments.

Also, you can go to the Nepal Dog Channel at YouTube to see other available paintings of dogs on metal.   The Nepali signboard industry with its charming hand-painted signboards is fast disappearing in favor of mass-produced computer-generated signage.   

You can make a difference by ordering a portrait of your pet.   Each commission gives work to three different signboard artists, and your satisfaction is guaranteed.   You pay nothing until you choose which of the three portraits you prefer.  

All paintings are on metal, approximately one foot square and can be customized to say anything you'd like!  

I'll be back in Nepal late spring 2010, returning in June with your own Danger Dogs!

Go to NepalDog.com for more information.

Microfinance through art patronage.   American Dogs = Nepali jobs!