Gordon Rushmer, A road well-travelled: Petworth

We welcome Gordon Rushmer back for his fifth solo exhibition, A road well-travelled.


Over the last few years, with restrictions to travel, we all came to appreciate our own homes and the landscapes around us. As the UK opened up, more and more people travelled around Britain rekindling their love of this sceptred isle. Gordon amongst them travelled the length and breadth of Britain soaking up the stunning scenery and daily life and transferring his passions to paper through his skilled use of watercolour and oil. His collection of paintings encapsulates this revival of our love affair with the British landscape and reflects Gordon’s own increasing obsession with early-20th century British watercolour.


Gordon is one of the few contemporary British watercolourists to have been included in Tate Britain’s much vaunted exhibition ‘Watercolour’ in 2011. Earlier this year, we launched Gordon’s new book ‘Pinching myself: an Artist at War’ which tells the fascinating story of Gordon’s time as a war artist based in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Eritrea from 1997 to 2007. The original artworks, which depicted the harrowing scenes of war that he experienced as an official war artist, have this year been taken into the collection of the Imperial War Museum.


Gordon will be in the gallery for the preview on Friday 23rd September from 5-7pm and again on Saturday 24th to talk us through his travels and inspirations. We look forward to welcoming you to view A road well-travelled.