Puddle Town


It has to be said that ‘Charlie’ this magnificent mallard drake, who has become something of a popular icon within Paul’s collection of paintings, takes centre stage in this particular piece. He’s rather wet looking after the recent rainfall and stood amidst some interesting reflections in the puddle that captures the graffiti strewn wall on a canal-side towpath…

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Paul’s urban collection was inspired from his occasional days in search of inspiration and creativity surrounded by nature spent on his narrowboat ‘Fools Paradise?’ when he saw various waterfowl living as much within city and town landscapes as the countryside. 

In earlier works, he was very much influenced by the graffiti that he saw and the juxtaposition between the wildlife and the urban, but as time has progressed, he’s developed his own content and style. Unlike actual spray-painted graffiti, he uses traditional painting techniques to make it look as though the writing has been sprayed upon the wall.

Paul is particularly proud of the legs of this Charlie… Yes, a bit of an odd thing to be proud of but Mr James does think that he has depicted this pair particularly well…

One of the fantastically realistic elements of this artwork are the water drops all over the duck – they almost look 3D and ‘coming out of the artwork’.

We often joke in the gallery that Charlie is a bit like a human with different moods and states of mind. One minute he is ‘Discerning’, then ‘Philosophical’, then under the influence of ‘Champagne’ and other times he is quite happy to jump up and down in a puddle as seen in ‘Puddle Town’ Charlie – all of the artworks mentioned are available as limited editions as Charlie has become quite a star and has been featured in at least 10 of Paul’s artworks over the years…

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Limited Edition

Giclée Box Canvas – Limited edition of 125 plus artist proofs

Giclée Paper – 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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Our team of expert curators are here to ensure your frame is handpicked to match your style, it is well made and custom built to compliment the piece and once created, it becomes a valuable masterpiece for you to enjoy.

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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’.

David & SarahTamworth

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.