Ram Krishna uses a circle motif common among Nepali signboard artists, but he takes it a step further. He often uses the circle as a moon, or as a device to frame the dog, but he has been known to take it outside the frame, too, giving the pet a field, some grass, or even just to show off the dog’s collar. See the black lab with a glowing porthole above.
Ram Krishna is an example of a member of a family that is in the business of signboard art. His brothers and his cousins all work in the business. Most likely his father and uncles have all retired. There are female fine artists in Nepal, but I’ve never seen a lady signboard artist, though they often work in the shop or run the storefront.
More than once, I’ve gone to Ram’s shop to find 5 or 6 Nepalis watching a hotly contested game of chess. There’s also a lot of art on the wall, a sign that they paint for pleasure as well.
There is little ego involved for most of these guys. If they have a lot of work, or their cousin needs some money, they pass the work along to someone else. The young artists never turn down work, whereas I’ve known some older artists to insist that they are ‘too busy’.
In March, 2011, when I arrived to place an order, Ram Krishna, 25, told me that he was getting married. As is common in Nepal, it was an arranged marriage. He returned from the wedding over a month late! Must have been a great honeymoon. In November, 2012, Ram Krishna told me that he was the proud father of a daughter.
Sagar Bitsa is an accomplished artist, a teacher of young artists and he is very good at portraiture. His skin tones are lovely. I apologize for the glare on the photos, but I will let the art speak for itself.
Bess and Hamilton the cat by Sagar
Bess and Hamilton, her beloved cat, glow in this portrait by Sagar.
Ranger, a beautiful Pit Bull Mix hand painted on metal by Sagar
Sagar means Ocean in the Nepali language and he added an ocean as a backdrop to the lovely Ranger. She looks very happy at the beach.
Jacs the Jack Russell Terrier by Sagar
Jacs will not be upset with his name being misspelled, I hope.
Sojho Rescued Nepali Mountain Dog
Sagar has returned Sojho to his home in the Himalayas.
Beignet the Ranch Dog by Sagar
Beignet is pretty in her blue background.
Ancho Toy Poodle by Sagar
The surrealist Sagar comes out in his portrait of Ancho, the Toy Poodle.
Minnow the Tabby Cat by Sagar
Minnow is enjoying time outside.
Pumpkin the Pomeranian by Sagar
Pumpkin's dramatic hair is emphasized. She is against a black background, please excuse the glare.
Chairman Meow by Sagar
Sagar adds a lovely red curtain to the Chairman's lovely portrait.
Lusso the Italian Greyhound by Sagar
Lusso is so handsome.
Opie the Catahoula Pit Bull mix by Sagar
Opie is encircled in an orange glow.
Leo the Dalmatian Dog by Sagar
The ever handsome Leo.
Buni the Shaggy Dog by Sagar
Buni the odalisque enjoys the couch.
Sam the Yorkie by Sagar
Sam is adorable.
Buni the Pastry Chef Shaggy Dog by Sagar
Buni is cooking up something!
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 am now in Kathmandu, Nepal, taking orders.
I will return in early December, 2022, in plenty of time to deliver for holiday gifts.
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
1. Send me a photo of your pet to email@example.com. Find out more at www.NepalDog.com..
2. Let me know the name of your pet, their breed and what you would like it to say.
I will give the photo 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!