Did you even know there WERE contemporary artist in this small Himalayan country, the Shangri-la for trekkers and mountain-climbers, wedged between India and Tibet? That you can find hip hotels, great coffee, and a vibrant art scene in Kathmandu? (Check out www.nepal-now.net !)
So you are actually interested in modern art, ready to buy original art maybe for the first time, not the rich collector (yet) but on the look-out for professional works at a good price. Then contemporary art from Nepal is exactly what you are looking for.
Five reasons why buying modern art from Nepal will make you feel good:
1. You get great works at a great price - even though that may be kind of obvious when you are buying stuff from a developing country with a whole different income level.
2. You support young artists in a chaotic country with lots of problems - but still a country which allows for great creativity in the midst of a struggling economy.
3. As the art scene is still rather manageable in size, chances are high that you get to meet "your" artist personally, may that be virtually or actually face-to-face on a trip to Nepal.
4. You get to feel a real "patron of the arts" as one of the first Westerners to become involved in acquiring works from outside the country - and instead of being an anonymous buyer you will be personally valued and cherished.
5. Your support can really make an impact as artists tend to spread their new "wealth" from international sales by setting up own art projects with community activities (e.g. lectures, discussions, workshops for street kids ...)
And last but not least: the art is great!
And if it’s the charity aspect that you are after: this can also be satisfied, as a number of artists now donate their works for fundraising to a young German charity www.dana-arts.org specializing in “art& giving”! Which means proceeds from art sales will go directly to community art projects, schooling and training.
So let me help you to buy your first piece of contemporary art from Nepal. After 20 years of visiting Nepal again and again, and a good decade of immersion into the young art scene of Kathmandu I can be the link between you and my artist friends in Kathmandu via www.beatawiggen.com and www.nepalnow.net .
Beata, all-round encourager:: of art and artists of Nepal, of a preschool in Kathmandu, of the great work of encouragement based on Adlerian psychology and the Theo Schoenaker's concept!