Very few painters can claim the title of ‘War Artist’ but Gordon is one of that select group.
For over a decade in the late 1990s and into the 2000s Gordon was the official artist attached to the Britsh and Dutch Royal Marines and Special forces. This book documents in his own words and paintings the conflicts and tragedies of Bosnia, Eritrea, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. It also gives an insight into the training and workings of fighting units, from Arctic warfare to beach landings and clandestine operations.
He writes in a very matter of fact style with the honesty and humour of a man who had to 'hit the ground running', re-learning the business of painting in what were sometimes extremely harsh conditions.
His paintings are now in the collections of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, National Army Museum, Mariniers Museum, Palace of Westminster, Royal Marine Corps, Royal Netherlands Marine Corps and Special Boat Service.
He was given the Rowland Hilder Award at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours in 2013 for his painting of the King's Palace in Kabul, has exhibited at the Imperial War Museum in London and was included in the much-vaunted Tate Britain exhibition 'Watercolour' in 2011.
This lavish book will appeal to artists, military people and all those who respect our armed forces from afar. It is truly eye-opening on many fronts.