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Paul Mellia

Now in his late 50s, Paul Mellia has established a reputation over the last 30 years as a super-realist artist, specialising in detailed illustrations of themes from popular culture – film stars, sports cars and motorbikes, comic book characters and superheroes. Paul’s approach is almost sculptural; painting and peeling away layers, until the final unmasking of one of his new originals. He immerses himself in the timeless meditation of creation, focusing on every intricate detail, a flicker of light here, a thread of hair there.

After graduating with a fine art degree at art school, his first appointment was painting frescoes and 16th C images for Baroness De Vail in Paris. There, he lived a bohemian existence basking in the inspiration of legendary painters and sculptures such as Rodin, Gauguin, Picasso and Dali. But it was Warhol’s Pop Art that resonated the most, subsequently fuelling Paul to focus on what he loved most – images of Americana, gleaned from books given to him as  a child. “From a very early age I was able to paint them in fine detail. I wanted to make them real and show a different side to them.”

Now one of the fastest selling artists in today’s contemporary art scene, Paul is renowned for his distinctive 3-D interpretations of celebrated icons. Straddling the delicate line between visual art and popular culture, his work is neither illustrative or photographic but standing between the two – verging on fantasy.<

Paul was the first artist to have been granted a licence by Marvel and is approved by DC Comics to reproduce their characters as fine art, and is the first artist ever in over 60 years to have been granted a licence to reproduce Thomas the Tank Engine as fine art. His painting of Thomas the Tank Engine was bought at auction for £150,000 by HIT Entertainment and then presented to HM The Queen, as she is an avid collector of Thomas the Tank memorabilia.

Collectors and owners of Paul’s work include HM The Queen, Tommy Lee (drummer for Motley Crue), HRH Diana  Princess of Wales, Nancy Reagan, Mariah Carey, Lisa Marie Presley, Seal, Jonathan Ross, Tamara Ecclestone, Banksy, and he has produced commissioned work for clients such as Hit Entertainment, Mercedes Benz, Marvel Comics, A1 Grand Prix Series, 46664 Nelson Mandela Foundation and Sega.

James Friend of Thomas

James is the No. 5 red engine. He is a medium-sized engine whose six driving wheels are not as big as Gordon’s but not...


Spencer Friend of Thomas

A striking silver express engine, Spencer is just about the shiniest, sleekest engine the Island of Sodor has ever...


Percy Friend of Thomas

Percy is the No. 6 green engine and the junior member of The Fat Controller's railway. He is quite content puffing...


Henry Friend of Thomas

Henry is the No.3 engine. He is a green long fast engine and has a thoroughbred look. Like all thoroughbreds, he tends...


Gordon Friend of Thomas

Gordon is the No. 4 blue engine who pulls the express. As the senior member of the engine family, he is the fastest and...


Thomas at the Station

Thomas is the No.1 blue engine. He is a cheeky little engine who often gets into scrapes, usually by being over-eager...


Thomas the Tank Engine

Thomas is the No.1 blue engine. He is a cheeky little engine who often gets into scrapes, usually by being over-eager...


Rock Star

The rock star owner of this beast of a Cadillac privately commissioned Paul Mellia to reproduce his pride and joy on...


Dream Bike

Its all in the detail...a fliccker of light here, a shadow there. When Paul lived in LA, he was often commissioned by...


A Night in LA

Paul Mellia is ranked alongside the most prestigious Car Artists in the world. Having lived in California for a number...


Milly Leisure

Any visitor to California will be familiar withis scene of classic Harleys parked outside a pool hall in the evening....

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