Gordon Rushmer

Gordon Rushmer won the Rowland Hilder Prize at the RI exhibition in 2013. He is represented in East Anglia by Sea Pictures Gallery. When not painting for himself, Gordon is a war artist working with both the UK and the Dutch armed forces. Should you wish to commission Gordon, please contact the gallery in the first instance.

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Thames Barge Cygnet

Framed Painting in Watercolour
64 x 45cms
£750.00 not including shipping

Gordon Rushmer studied at Farnham School of Art in the 1960’s and qualified in Graphic Design and Book Illustration. Those five years of study taught him above all to draw and be self critical. His desire to paint and exhibit saw him selling his watercolours by the age of twenty two and over the ensuing years he has shown with major galleries both in Britain and the U.S.A. Highlights along the way include a commission by the San Foundation to paint a presentation piece for Nelson Mandela. His work can be found in the collections of the Palace of Westminster, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, National Library of Wales, The Royal Marines, The Royal Netherlands Marine Corps, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, The Royal Marines Museum, The Mariners Museum Rotterdam.

With thirty one man shows behind him, in 1997 he was asked to visit Bosnia by the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps to record their special forces activities. This was to be the first of ten deployments with Dutch and British elite forces. Gordon worked along side Marines in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He maintains rightly that you can only paint from personal experience, whatever the subject. `You must get in there and smell it!’

“The whole experience of roughing it, coming under enemy fire and living on the ground with Royal Marines changed me and my work’’.

A more confidant style emerged with a willingness to take on more challenging projects.

Since his last trip to Hellmand in 2007 he has worked for clients as diverse as Lincoln’s Inn, Royal Navy and National Park Authorities. The strands that provide continuity are still his drawing skills and unabated enthusiasm for the job.

His war paintings were shown at the Imperial War Museum in 2008 and during 2011 he had a piece on show in ‘Watercolour’ at Tate Britain, thus confirming his position as a major British watercolourist.