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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.

 New Stone Age Dogs
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.

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.

Danger Dogs as Odalisques.


I was inspired at the Renoir exhibit at LACMA the other day by the number of lovely nudes languishing on couches.   These are not Renoirs, but they are odalisques!   Here we have Fern, the Jack Russell Terrier, as she lounges on a red couch.

If you look closely in the background of this portrait of Layla, a white shepherd, you will see some images of ladies.   I'm not sure why Sagar chose to paint Layla with her background of lightly clad women, but there it is.   This one reminds me of a James Bond opening credit sequence.   

Shree of Pokhara paints FloJo the Italian Greyhound on her multi-colored couch.  

Star the Italian Greyhound lounges on his turquoise lawn chair.  By Sabala.

Millie Vartan, a Chocolate Lab, is painted by Amar Shrestha.   Millie looks so calm and tranquil on her blanket.

Annie and Pitzel make a pair of Odalisques in this portrait by Sabala.   They are a Pomeranian and a Papillion who know how to lay back and enjoy their life.    2008_293
Jean-Claude the Cat sleeps on his couch.   As painted by Amar Shrestha.   I often give sleeping pets to Amar to paint.   He seems to capture their total relaxation.  

Nepal Art Dogs is a Fair Trade Art project that is dedicated to preserving and promoting Nepali signboard art. 

You can help!

Micro-finance through art patronage!


Each commissioned piece receives a choice of 3 portraits of their pet, by 3 different artists.   That way -- one is sure to please, 3 artists get work, and the extras are sold in museums as Folk Art.    Satisfaction is guaranteed.   I don’t accept money until after the customer chooses a portrait.   No bad karma here!    The art is synthetic enamel on recycled metal, about a square foot in size.   The price for your choice of 3 portraits by these artists is $250 for a single pet.

Please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com for more information,  and check out the Nepal Dog website at NepalDog.com.

If you would like me to feature a particular breed, please write and let me know.


See the Dogs in Person!

The Santa Monica Museum of Art has a new stock of Nepal Art Dogs.

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Cooper, a gorgeous Black Labrador by Dilip Niroj is now available at the Museum.   You can't help but 'be aware' of this gorgeous pooch.

Sport, a terrier mix recently rescued into a great home, as painted by Sabala.   Sport is definitely a Good Boy.

Polly is an Enlightened Dog, by Sabala.   The Nepali lettering translates as 'Dharma Dog'.  

Gus the White Labrador Retreiver as a puppy by Megh Raj.   With his football. 


Gus all grown up and now 'Enlightened', still looking for that soccer ball!   By Sabala.

Sierra the Enlightened Pitt Bull!   By Sabala.

Sophie and Stargel by Amar Shrestha.   I don't know what breed Stargel is, but her stare is compelling.   She looks almost human in this portrait.   Amar also captured the friendship between the two dogs and had fun with their collar/jewelry.

Grover is a Bearded Collie, painted here by Nara.  

It's not all Danger Dogs at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, there are also a couple of Cats available.   Here we have Chocolate Chip hiding in the shrubbery as painted by Nara.

Not a hunter but a lover, Lucy the Calico Kitty is aggressively affectionate.  By Sabala.  

A couple of Enlightened Parrots by Sagar.   Note Sagar's signature in Japanese between the two perches.   Sagar means 'Ocean' in Nepalese, and Sagar's Japanese signature reflects that.

And a portrait of my very own chicken, the larger-than-life Grace Kelly (her nickname is Ginger), a Buff Orpington.    The leader of the pecking order, painted by Sabala from a photo by Peter Weibel.  

Arrow the Black Lab sports a rhinestone collar.   An Enlightened Dog as painted by Raaz, a new artist I found in 2009.

Jack the Black Lab with a favorite toy.   Jack has that playful look that Labs get when they get going.   By Megh Raj.

I'm not sure what type of dog Shelby is, but he is beautiful.   By Raaz.

Popo is a 'Denger Gog' by Dilip Niroj.   It's a funny thing, Dilip can often spell Enlightened with no trouble, but he has trouble with dog.   I don't mind.   You should see how I mangle Nepali.

These portraits are painted on recycled metal in Nepal by endangered signboard artists, whose traditional hand-painted artwork is being replaced by computer-generated and/or mass-produced signage.

The price through the museum is $198 each, and you will be supporting a fine museum as well as the struggling Nepali artists.

You can help this Fair Trade art project by buying an existing sign, or ordering a custom commission of your own pet.  Each commission generates 3 paintings, giving 3 different Nepali artists much needed work -- giving you a wide choice of portraits of your pet and museums such as the Santa Monica Museum of Art gift shop folk art.

You pay only after my return from Nepal and you have made your choice.  If you don't like the works, you are not obligated to pay.   No bad Karma here!

Micro-finance through Art Patronage.

If you have any questions or would like to see what I have in your breed, please email me at ampage1@gmail.com. You can also check out my website at NepalDog.com.

Artists' Studios in Nepal


Above is Amar Shrestha's studio in Kathmandu, Nepal.   These are works in progress of Flick the Golden Retreiver, Moose the Rottweiller, Dexter the Coton de Tulear, Chester the Basset Hound, and Veera the Boston Terrier.

Flick and Dexter have been sold, but the others are available.   Amar's studio is on the second floor, he works in natural light, sitting on the floor.  That's a silk screening apparatus on the right bottom, where they make business cards the old fashioned way, on hand made Lokti paper.   Lokti paper, a specialty of Nepal, is also made the old fashioned way.

This studio is NK's and is located in Beni, a small but thriving town in the Myagdi province in Nepal.   The town supports at least 3 signboard painters.    Above is Jack the French Bulldog (looking like a pig dog), Gigi the puppy, Yoko the French Bulldog, and the last is another of Jack the French Bulldog.   The first two are still available.   NK finished the pieces with a dark blue background in the finished pieces.

Dilip Niroj at work on his Folk Art Obama commission in November of 2008.   The finished portrait was spectacular and sold immediately.

Here is Hari Prasad's work drying in the sun.    Many of these have been sold, the four portraits of the Great Dane's are in my personal collection, but the Collie and the Westie are available.

Hari's studio is in Kathmandu.

This is Lal Karki's Studio in Pokhara, a lakeside resort town in Nepal.   I liked this photo so much that it is the cover of my book 'Danger Dogs from Nepal Volume 2'.   I really like Lal's work, but his pieces have never sold, so the Dalmation, Fox-like Dog and the Spitz are all still available.

You can see how close Megh Raj works to the street in this one!   Megh Raj works in Kathmandu, and recently he redid his studio completely, so it was very spiffy the last time I saw it this past November.

Prem's studio in Pokhara no longer exists.   This studio was torn down and is now a bank.   The portrait of the Rhodesian Ridgeback, the Bearnese Mountain Dog and the Dalmation were all snapped up, but the Nepali dog, the Boxer and the Saint Bernard are still available.   I love the cow's hoof just outside the door.

Ram Mohan Patel's studio is a room off his house where he lives with his wife, two beautiful daughters and a son.

Sufraj Khadka cleans his brushes by painting anti-smoking graffiti on his walls.

This is the studio of Yuba Raj Adhikari of Pokhara.   These paintings are all portraits of rescue dogs.   I think all of the yellow dogs are still available, if they haven't sold yet at the Ghetto Gloss Gallery in Hollywood.   This group is a little larger than the standard size for these signboards at 12" by 15".   

Shree in his studio/home with a portrait of FloJo the Italian Greyhound on a couch.   Shree lives and works in this one room with his wife and 2 children.   The art on his walls always includes at least one Danger Dog.   The first time I met him, he had a painting of a 'beware of dog' sign on his wall.

The Nepal Art Dog project promotes the endangered art of Nepali signboards.   Signboards are painted on recycled metal, using synthetic enamel and are meant to hang outdoors.   Over 1400 portraits have been commissioned to date, giving these artists real work.   I have worked with over 58 artists.

On my last trip to Nepal, the Danger Dog commissions were the only art these artists were still hand painting -- all their other work was digital or printed on flex.   These artists can and will paint anything.  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.

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.  

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

This project is for pet lovers who collect art and would like to make a difference in these artists' lives.

More information is available at NepalDog.com.

An American Hippie in Israel

Tonight is the world premiere re-release of the long-lost classic "An American Hippie in Israel".

The poster for the re-release was painted by Santosh Shrestha of Pokhara.   He made a poster-sized painting on canvas from 11 stills of the movie.   You can find out more about the screening and the film at the Flavorpill website.     The screening is at the Steve Allen Theater in Los Feliz and will include live music from the Nashville band 'The Ettes'.

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Jack Nelson by Santosh Shrestha.   A Jack Russell Terrier dressed for the winter.

Frankie by Santosh Shrestha.

Remember these guys can paint anything.   Please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com with any questions or comments.    

Hope you can make it tonight.   It is not supposed to rain much until tomorrow.   Stay dry.