Gordon Rushmer was born in Petersfield, Hampshire, in 1946 and studied at Farnham School of Art. A career in landscape painting led to him being commissioned by the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps in 1997 to record their activities in Bosnia at the end of the Balkan conflict. Since then he has worked alongside British and Dutch elite and special forces in Kosovo, Eritrea, Iraq and Afghanistan. He was one of the first war artists into Afghanistan in early 2002 and continued to visit over the next five years.
Rushmer has been commissioned by Royal Marine Corps, Royal Netherlands Marine Corps, Special Boat Service and Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment. His work is in the collections of Mariniers Museum Rotterdam, Royal Marines Museum, Palace of Westminster, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Royal Navy and Lincoln’s Inn. He has exhibited his war work in Tate Britain, Imperial War Museum, Museum of Army Flying, Royal Marines Museum and various one man touring shows. Landscape works have been shown in New York, London, Rotterdam and throughout Britain. His first limited edition book ‘The Road to Kandahar’ was a sell-out. He is now writing a full account of his ‘decade of conflict’.