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King of the Road


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King of the Road by Paul James

King of the Road by Paul James

Limited Edition Print

Framed Canvas

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

Image size: 920mm x 920mm

Frame size: 1050mm x 1050mm

Framed in a black box frame


This resplendent, regal lion may no longer be ‘King of the Jungle’ but he is definitely ‘King of the Road’. As he dominates this street, his imposing magnificence is illuminated by the early morning shafts of sunlight. But it also has some hidden meanings behind it…

This stunning painting is full of fascinating details and references that relate to this majestic creature. Feel free to watch the video of Paul James explaining the various lion references – this is more than just beautiful artwork, it’s extremely meaningful as well.

There are tons of famous lions that are worth mentioning – from young Simba to good old Clarence, Paul wanted to give each one of them some spotlight…

As you are exploring the artwork, you will discover up to 37 different references to famous lions and quirky contemporary references. ‘Mane Street’, ‘TC’ for Top Cat, ‘DandeLION’, ‘Parsley’ the lion, ‘Lion Eggs’, ‘Lion Bar’, ‘Kit Kat’ as this is a rather big cat, cat food best served ‘ROAR’, ‘Skar’ from Lion King and the genre of music, ‘Passage to Narnia’, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, ‘Cecil’, ‘Maybe I’m A Leo’ by Deep Purple, ‘Lenny’ and so many more…

Paul James Art and Music

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.

Paul also was developing a career in music, playing both organ and piano in a range of pubs, clubs and cocktail bars, but after a while as this did not live up to the rock star lifestyle, he envisaged he returned to his art and took up painting professionally in 1986.

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Weight 12 kg


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