Illustrating the apparent juxtaposition of wild life in modern day society, this mighty polar bear looks powerful yet relaxed even in its unusual urban surroundings. Let’s take a closer look at some of the interesting elements hidden in the artwork…

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Although it portrays a rather poignant message, the painting still has humour and is littered with ‘tongue in cheek’ comments.

The original painting is still one of the largest canvases that Paul has ever painted at 5 feet x 7 feet and it took him years to complete. Together with ‘Grizzly’, the matching pair for this awesome polar bear, it took 7 years from the initial brush stroke to the finalised original artworks.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the interesting elements. In the top right hand corner, you will find a disused ‘Cool it’ air conditioning unit. On the window sill, you will see there is a ‘Polar’ make of CD player stood alongside a broken bottle of ‘Ice Breaker’.  

You will find a discarded box from ‘Eskimo House Pizza Parlour’ and a bottle of ‘Bearoni beer’ amidst the scattered detritus.

The ‘Unnatural Geographic’ magazine mentioning ‘Where did the arctic go?’ giving us a clue as to why the bear is in the street.

There’s a discarded poster from ‘Ice Cap Productions’ with a whole host of interesting artists including ‘Coldplay’,  ‘Snow Patrol’, ‘Arctic Monkeys’ and ‘Cold Weather Report’ amongst others. Can you also spot the ‘cucumber’? (As in ‘cool as a cucumber’).

Not to forget about the batteries on the floor symbolising the South and North Pole. And notice the parking ticket that the polar bear is standing on? He is clearly too cool to care about parking…

The detail in the bear’s fur is absolutely phenomenal. This is an altogether awesome artwork which will be a real statement piece to grace any wall.

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Giclée Super Deluxe Box Canvas – Limited edition of 50 plus artist proofs

Giclée Box Canvas (SOLD OUT) – Limited edition of 100 plus artist proofs

Giclée Paper (SOLD OUT) – Limited edition of 125 plus artist proofs

All limited edition prints are checked, numbered and hand signed by Paul James and include a Certificate of Authenticity.

Giclée is a French word meaning ‘a spray of liquid’. This inkjet printing method uses high quality UV long lasting pigment inks on archival grade paper or canvas.

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About The Artist

Paul James

A leading contemporary animal and landscape realist painter – Paul is world renowned for the skill and craftsmanship of his artwork. He dedicates himself to each piece with passion. Freedom is his forte and therefore his work is always fresh and current.

Currently resident in Southern Ireland, he was born and grew up in Leicestershire. His artistic and musical abilities became apparent at an early age. Although essentially self-taught he did attend art College, at the insistence of his teachers to study graphic design. Paul however, did not feel it was necessarily the right path to take and this proved to be the case, so being something of a non- conformist he made the decision not to complete the course. Instead he started to paint; at first mostly mechanical subjects such as, classic cars and aircraft, and was a one-time member of the ‘Guild of motoring artists’. He also made something of a living taking commissions to paint portraits of peoples pet dogs and cats.

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I’ve always thought that owning one of Paul’s pieces is an experience that keeps giving. All the animals have real story, you can make up your own stories and then hidden in the picture are lots of even more stories. ‘Hillary’ still makes me smile every morning I leave to go to work!


I would highly recommend the Paul James Gallery to friends and acquaintances. As official distributors, the gallery holds an extensive collection of work by Paul James. I can be confident of the authentication of every art piece that I purchase from them. The guidance and support provided by Andreea was exceptional. She spent time understanding my needs and exceeded all expectations.


I started collecting Paul James pieces almost 2 years ago now and Andreea has helped me build my collection to 11... I took my two girls to the Paul James Gallery event last month and they also fell in love with all the animals on display, so much so, my 7 year old daughter walked around the gallery with Andreea and picked out a piece which she now calls ‘Brownie’ after her love of brownies, the artwork commonly known as ‘Browned Off’.

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We have been collecting Paul James’ art for more than 15 years and we have just purchased our 22nd piece… A visit to the gallery in Daventry and a chance to meet Andreea, Paul C and the rest of the team really added to the experience of purchasing a new Paul James painting. Their input, guidance and service from start to finish was simply exceptional. More recently, we had a chance to meet Paul and his wife, Linda, during the launch of his latest piece and thoroughly enjoyed talking to them about his work over the past number of years.