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James Ursell: Reflective Landscape

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    North House Gallery, The Walls, Manningtree (Manningtree), CO11 1AS
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    5 October to 2 November
    10:00am to 5:00pm
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    October 19th 2019 at 10:00am
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    01206 392717
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James Ursell: Reflective Landscape
North House Gallery is delighted to present, for the first time in the East of England, paintings and drawings by James Ursell from the far West. Ursell lives and works immersed in the landscape around the Black Hill of Hereford, the only part of the Brecon Beacons vouchsafed to England.

As the name implies, there is much that is dark about the Black Hill paintings but colour and light are used as counterpoint, both rich and subtle, if that is possible. In Wolf’s Leap, for example, on the near side of the black mountain pool, with its lone swimmer, are rocks in earth colours and on the far side other bathers on the mountain side lit by a pale pink sky. In Night Cycle, two cyclists in the foreground pass a gap in the black hills which reveals a sky of greens and black through which light somehow manages to penetrate and create an extraordinary atmosphere. Reflections in water feature in many of the paintings, though in at least three paintings the river is a mysterious deep red.

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