Mahesh works in Naxal with his brother Rahendra on the main road between Kathmandu’s city center and the Ring Road. I often see him zipping around on his motorcycle.
Mahesh’s Danger Dogs are full of character, with eyes that have life. The simple white background suits his semi-realist style. Mahesh always includes a faithful rendition of the dog’s collars.
The last time I commissioned 4 pieces from him, and went to pick up. There were only 3 pieces. When asked why, Mahesh shyly said that a tourist had been passing by and offered to buy the Danger Cat and he sold it. ‘That’s great!’ I replied. ‘And you made another for me?’ ‘No, I did not.’ That is one problem I have with Nepali signboard artists. I did not have the time before leaving for the states to order another. And when we suggested that perhaps he should just paint an extra signboard in case a passing tourist might want one, it fell on deaf ears.
If you would like to have your dog (cat, horse, chicken, bunny, bearded dragon, etc.) immortalized on metal here in Nepal, you can send me a photo of your pet. I will return to Nepal in fall, 2019.
You choose the style, the color, what you would like the sign to say...
This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world. I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living. Everybody is happy. Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal!
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!