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See the Dogs Live: Santa Monica Museum of Art

The Danger Dogs (and some lovely Cats) are again featured at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

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Karma the Jindo by Dilip 12"x12"  Synthetic Enamel on metal   Available

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Laz the Shepherd by Sanjib Rana 15"x12"  Synthetic Enamel on metal   Available

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K-lev the Canaan Dog by Sagar 12"x12"  Synthetic Enamel on metal   Available

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Abba the Doberman Pinscher by Dilip Niroj 12"x12"  Synthetic Enamel on metal   Available

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Halo the German Shepherd by Sanjib Rana 15"x12"  Synthetic Enamel on metal   Available

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Magic and Marley the Black Labs by Sagar 12"x12"  Synthetic Enamel on metal   Available

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Dino the Italian Greyhound by Sagar 12"x12"  Synthetic Enamel on metal   Available

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Karma the Shitzu by Sagar 12"x12"  Synthetic Enamel on metal   Available

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Dino the Italian Greyhound by Sufraj Khadka 9"x12"  Synthetic Enamel on metal   Available

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Pacheko the Black Cat by Sufraj Khadka  9"x12"  Synthetic Enamel on metal   Sold

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Giggles the Tuxedo Cat by Sagar 12"x12"  Synthetic Enamel on metal   Available

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Ivan the Grey Cat by Sanjib Rana   15"x12"  Synthetic Enamel on metal   Available

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Ivan the Grey Cat by Hari Timesina   12"x12"  Synthetic Enamel on metal   Available

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Demien and Mazy the Black Cats by Megh Raj Thapa   15"x12"  Synthetic Enamel on metal   Available

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Tony the Ginger Cat by Sagar   12"x12"  Synthetic Enamel on metal   Available

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Fisher the Cool Calico Cat by Jit Gurung   12"x12"  Synthetic Enamel on metal   Available

Stop by and do some last minute Christmas Holiday shopping at the Museum.   They have an absolutely fabulous exhibit featuring Beatrice Woods and her magnificent pottery.   Please go to www.Smmoa.org for more information and hours.

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Last week, less than 48 hours after the grueling 33-hour return trip from Kathmandu, the Danger Dogs were well-represented at the Craft and Folk Art Museum on Wilshire.   I had a lot of area to spread out the art during the annual Global Bazaar at the Museum.  

No one has ever accused me of a lack of energy or stamina.

It is not too early to order for the next trip !!!

Please send in photos for your order for the next trip.   I leave in early 2012.  However, I have many, many portraits already made of many breeds of pet.   Please ask!!!

This may be the perfect gift.   Give someone you love a portrait of someone they love, and in the meantime support this dying art form.

Each commission I receive will be given to 3 different Nepalese signboard artists, giving 3 struggling artists Fair Trade work and you a choice of 3 colorful paintings on metal!  

Your satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front, only if you like one of the portraits do you pay.   The artists are paid fair trade wages whether you buy or not.

How to Order: 

1. Send a photo of your pet to me at ampage1@gmail.com.

2.  Let me know what you would like the signboard to say.

3. Tell me which style of Danger Dog art you prefer, by giving me examples of signs you have liked on the website or just say whether you like realistic, naive, cartoonish or fanciful. 

4. Follow the Danger Dog Blog and see the works in progress, trips to the studios, the life and arts of Nepal.

5.  Decide which painting you prefer of the 3 and send me a check and I will mail you your very own personal Danger Dog (or Cat)!  

Pricing, more information and examples of the Nepal Art Dog project can be found at NepalDog.com.

If you are lucky enough to be in Los Angeles before the end of December, you can see 60 Nepal Art Dogs at The Loft at Liz's Gallery at 435 S. La Brea LA  90036.   Part of an exhibit titled "Fair Trade", a total of 28 artists are represented in the exhibit so you can get an idea of their varying styles.

The Craft and Folk Art Museum also features the Danger Dogs.  cafam.org

Also, at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, stop by the Santa Monica Museum of Art to see some art. 

New Stone Age on West Third in Los Angeles also has a good selection.  

Or you could order your own pet......

 

 


See the Danger Dogs Live on La Brea !

The Danger Dogs are now installed at The Loft at Liz's Gallery, where they will be up through December 2012. 

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49 pieces by 28 different artists from Nepal show the diversity of the Nepal Art Dog project.  

Come by for the opening reception on Saturday, September 17, from 7 to 9 pm.   The Loft at Liz's is located at 435 S. La Brea, just 1 and a half blocks north of Wilshire.

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Rescue Dog by Saachin   12"x12"  synthetic enamel on metal  2008     Available

Some of my favorite pieces from the early years of the Danger Dog Art project will be included.

"The Loft at Liz's exhibit is entitled "Fair Trade" and is dedicated to featuring works that speak to this increasingly relevant and transformative topic.   The featured artists will be creating original works in statement of fair trade practices and other will actually incoporate the use of fair trade products as their creative medium."

That last bit would be me!

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Lulu the pitbull by Vinosh  13"x13"  synthetic enamel on metal  2008  Available

This portrait of Lulu is painted by Vinosh, an artist that has since moved to Saudi Arabia to make his living.   I can only hope that he continues to paint as he has an original and charming style.  

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Queenie the Black Cat by Shantos  12"x12"  synthetic enamel on metal 2008 Available

This one I commissioned on spec, since Queenie was such a beautiful cat and her owner bought all three portraits of her pet.  I'm glad I did, as Shantos is another artist that has disappeared.  

 

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White Horse by Sanjib Rana 15"x12"  synthetic enamel on metal  2007 Available

Sanjib Rana did a series of horses from his own photos.   He has a feel for animals and nature that come out in his art.

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Enlightened Parrot by Sagar 12"x12"  synthetic enamel on metal   2008 Available

Bird lovers will not be left out in this exhibit as I also include peacocks and these parrots painted by Sagar.   I've also included a Danger Goat !

There will also be a Fair Trade Marketplace at The Loft at Liz's in conjunction with the Miracle Mile Art Walk.  

This market will be open to the public between:

Tuesday, 10/20 from 5-9pm

Wednesday 10/21 from 10am-6pm

Thursday 10/22 from 10am-10pm

Come on by and do your part.   There will be great gifts for the holidays that will mean more through being Fair Trade.

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Your pet can be immortalized on metal by struggling Nepali signboard artists whose hand-painted work is being replaced by digital graphics.   Find out how below.

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   http://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

You will be happy you did!

 

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders accepted through November 26, 2011.

 

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 people 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.

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 ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Danger Dogs at Hama Sushi on Windward Circle

The Danger Dogs have pride of place at Hama Sushi today until September 14. 

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And what a place.  Located at 213 Windward Avenue on the circle in Venice, California, this restaurant is packed nightly.

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Happy hour at Hama is every day from 5 to 7 pm, and you'd better get there early as they fill up quickly.   I had a delicious hand rolled spicy tuna with an icy cold Sapporo. 

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Zen Cat by Baba 1'x1'  synthetic enamel on metal  2008 available

This Zen Cat by Baba starts off the art on exhibit this month at Hama.   I thought that this cat would enjoy the parade of fish that passes by.

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Patches and Little Girl by Hari Prasad 2009  1'x1' synthetic enamel on metal    Available

I came across this little girl playing in the sprinklers with her dog and asked to take her photo.   Her dog's name is Patches, and when I pointed out the spot, she replied, "That's not a spot, it's a patch".   So there.   As always, Hari Prasad puts in interesting shadows and shading.

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Colette the Black Standard Poodle by Pulkit 1'x1' synthetic enamel on metal  2007 Available

Pulkit works with Nepal Arts in the Tripureshwor District of Kathmandu.   That street is full of naive artists.   Pulkit's Colette is very traditional in form, and reminds me of many of the signs that used to line the streets of Kathmandu.

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Harriet by Punam 1'x1' synthetic enamel on metal  2007 Available

I have never shown this piece before as it has been one of my favorites from my personal collection.   Punam has given Harriet an intense gaze.   The real Harriet is a sweet, agreeable dog.   The chartreuse background is the perfect foil for Harriet's coloring, and the red border completes the portrait.

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German Shepherd (attributed to) Hari Prasad 1'x9" synthetic enamel on metal   Available

This Beware of Dog sign was in Surya's shop when I first started the Nepal Art Dog Project in 2007.   A little narrower than most of my commissioned signboards, this is a typical traditional Nepali sign.  Notice the tongue which is almost always present on a Nepali Beware of Dog sign, and German Shepherds are the most common dog ever on signs in Nepal.

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Jasper the Weimariner by Shree Laimachhain  1'x1' synthetic enamel on metal  2007 Available

This is typical of Shree's style.  Shree always painted his dogs in Elysian fields, and here Jasper is on his magic carpet.   Shree has now moved to South Korea to work as a fieldhand as he can make more money there than painting in his own town in Pokhara, Nepal.  Click here to find out more about Shree.   I think it is a sad story.   I only wish I had been able to help more.

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Rescue Dog by Jit Gurung  1'x1' synthetic enamel on metal  2007 Available

This rescue dog peeking out from behind the shrubbery at the Patio at Hama Sushi was painted from a small newspaper photo.   I did not know Jit at the time and was just starting the Danger Dog project so I had no commissions and had to find artists.   I really liked Jit's style and compare his work to Art Crumb.   Jit is great at realistic portraits of humans, too.

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Little Dog by Santosh Shrestha and Rocky the 3-legged cat by Amar Shrestha   Available

These two artists are not related.  Shrestha is a common name in Nepal.   The first with the green background is by Santosh Shrestha whose painting style is singular.   His use of surprising colors for the dog's fur looks even better up close.  Santosh lives and paints in Pokhara, Nepal

Rocky the 3-legged cat looks a little disjointed here, but as he relaxes on his back in bed, Amar made Rocky look like he is sitting up on his elbow and doing leg lifts.   The name Amar means 'long life' in Nepali and Amar paints in Boudha, a Buddhist area of Kathmadu.

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4 Labs in a BMW by Sanjib Rana    15"x12"  synthetic enamel on metal  2010 Available

These four adorable labrador retreivers are spilling out of the hatchback of their BMW.   Painted by Sanjib Rana -- the detail on this one is amazing.

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Nepali Dog by Nabin 2009   Willow by Sagar Both 1'x1'  synthetic enamel on metal Available

Nabin's portrayal of this black and white Nepalese street dog gives the dog a harlequin feel.   Nabin's dogs are cartoonish.

Willow the Labrador Retreiver by Sagar is colorful and bright with her lei of flowers and big smile.

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Horse Crossing by Sanjib Rana 2007   12"x15" synthetic enamel on metal   Available

Sanjib Rana is the only artist I work with who was not a signboard painter.   Thus his work is a little different from the others.   He was recommended to me by an ex-patriot living in Kathmandu.   Sanjib had painted the walls of his home with birds, horses and flowers.   Sanjib already had books of images of flora and fauna.   But he had never painted on metal before and does not do the lettering.   He subcontracts that to a friend.

 

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Bo Obama by Baba, Dachshund by Sagar, Two Cats by Punam  1'x1'  synthetic enamel on metal

Be Aware of Bo Obama was painted by Baba on a rooftop in Kathmandu and I was there.   If you'd like to see photos of Baba in action, please click on the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel.  Bo is the world's most famous Portugese Water Dog.

Bailey the Dachshund by Sagar is a classic portrait of a Dachshund in a circle of flames.   With his little tail jutting out to the left and the lavish attention to detail that Sagar paid to his collar, it is a fine piece.

Cheeto and Scooter are two Danger Cats, but Punam, the young artist, must be a bit of a romantic as he added "We are love..." instead of the requested Nepali translation 'Kathane Boralloharu' (Danger Cats in Nepalese).   The green background and golden border compliment these two love cats.

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Emma the Shepherd mix by Amar Shrestha,  Scottie Dog by Hari Prasad  1'x1' synthetic enamel on metal

Amar Shrestha's portrait of Emma is some of his best work.   When I saw this portrait as a work in progress, Amar had had the yellow background only, and I was glad he added the green to the mix.  This is a striking portrait of a shepherd.

Hari Prasad painted this portrait from a photo that I took of this handsome dog walking in front of my house.   There is an urban feel to this with the sidewalk as background and the deep shadow under this Scottish Terrier.

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Bonza by Hari Prasad, Moose the Rottweiler by Ram Krishna, Weimaraner by Arjun Karki

Bonza is part of a quintych where this Border Collie had the colors of the Tibetan prayer flag on one side of her face.  See below for the full set in situ at the exhibition in Kathmandu.

Moose the Rottweiler is a puppy in this portrait by Ram Krishna.   The grass is a nice added touch.  

Jasper the Weimaraner is by Arjun Karki whose wide-eyed gaze is typical of Arjun's primitive outsider style of art.   A very pretty sign, with a delicate pastel palette.

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Bonza has a black right eye in 4 out of 5 of these paintings but her portrait with the white background reverses her black marking. 

This quasi-prayer flag was hung up at the very first Kathmandu exhibition of the Danger Dogs in November, 2007.  (The Dogs first exhibited in Ojai in October, 2007).   The artists had never really thought of themselves as artists before.   The exhibit was covered by the Annapurna Post in Nepali script, which was perfect for the artists.  The artists were invited along with their family and friends, and many locals and ex patriots attended.

Come by Hama Sushi and see them soon.

More about the Nepal Art Dog 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 ampage1@gmail.com.  

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Dog Days of August are here.

The phrase Dog Days comes from the time of year when the constellation Sirius, the Dog Star, is visible in the night sky.    


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The Danger Dogs joined in the celebration at Bergamot Station where the Santa Monica Museum of Art sponsered The Dog Days of Summer Sale in their new courtyard the 'Smoasis'.   There were huge discounts throughout Gracie, the Museum's store.  17 Danger Dogs signs went to good homes.

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I had a great time watching the Marathon Painter Stephen Keene as he painted fast and furiously throughout the day.   Each day this week was devoted to a theme, and that Sunday the theme was animals (of course) !

 

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Chewy the Yorkie by Amar Shrestha  12"x12"   2009  Available

Chewy the Yorkie was the poster child for this event.  

The Museum is located at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue in Santa Monica, 90404.

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Sasha the German Shepherd by Hari Timesina  12"x12"  2010   Available

The formal Dog Days may be over at the Museum but it is not too late to stop by and see Stephen Keene paint his last subject:   Outer Space. 

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Keene has sold over 250,000 pieces of art to date and hopes to reach 1 million before he is done.  100% of the proceeds of this week's art marathon will be donated to the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

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My favorite pieces this week were the 'Paintings of Famous Paintings' series which included Whistler's Mother, American Gothic, Hopper's Nighthawks, and iconic works by Hockney, Warhol, Matisse, Munch and more.   They are affordable starting at $25.

Hope to see you at Bergamot Station tomorrow.

 

Your pet can be immortalized on metal by struggling Nepali signboard artists whose hand-painted work is being replaced by digital graphics.   Find out how below.

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   http://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

You will be happy you did!

 

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders accepted through November 26, 2011.

 

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 paintings and three people 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.

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 ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!

 

 

 


New Danger Dogs at the Craft and Folk Art Musuem

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There are some great new dogs at the Craft and Folk Art Museum along with a few new cats.

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Spicy the Spaniel Chow mix by Megh Raj Thapa  12"x12" 2011 Available

Spicy is a handsome Spaniel Chow mix with a beautiful smile that is well captured by Megh Raj Thapa.

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Nanuq the Samoyed by Dilip Niroj  12"x12" 2009 Available

Nanuq is a huge fluffy white Samoyed who Dilip has placed on a rocky precipice in this portrait.

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Simone the Siamese Cat by Indra Lama  12"x12" 2010  SOLD

The eyes on this cat are luminescent and Indra Lama gives them their glow.   This was one of the first portraits I commissioned from Indra and he is now a favorite with his great coloring and detail.

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Barney the Labrador Retreiver by Baba 12"x12"   2011  SOLD

Barney by Baba shows his enlightened grin in this lifelike portrait.

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Zia the Black Cat by Sufraj Khadka 12"x12" 2009   SOLD

Zia is a perennial favorite of mine for giving to artists to see how they design cat signboards.   As you can see, Sufraj does not disappoint.

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Enzo the Italian Greyhound by Shashi  12"x12"  2008   Available

Enzo is a puppy in this portrait and Shashi emphasizes that, as well as Enzo's bright red collar.

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Zach the Collie by Sanjib Rana  15"x12"  2011   Available

Zach is a show collie with tulip ears and a big grin, painted here by Sanjib Rana.

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Sombra the German Shepherd by Baba 12"x12"  2011  Available

Sombra is a female German Shepherd that lives in New Mexico.   Another beautiful painting by Baba of Kathmandu.

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Esme the Rhodesian Ridgeback by Baba 12"x12"  2010   SOLD

Rhodesian Ridgebacks make great Enlightened Dogs and Esme is no exception.   Also by Baba of Kathmandu.

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Louie the White Lab by Sagar   12"x12"   2008   SOLD

Louie by Sagar is just wonderful in person.   The artist Sagar signs his work with a Japanese chop (here on Louie's dog tag) meaning Ocean - a direct translation of Sagar is Ocean in the Nepali language or Devangari script.

Please stop by the museum to see these fair trade art paintings. Go to Cafam.org for directions and hours.

They are all painted using synthetic enamel on metal and are painted by endangered signboard artists in Nepal.

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 ampage1@gmail.com.