Haslemere sees the story of war through paintings

Gordon and one of his paintings
Gordon and one of his paintings

RENOWNED war artist Gordon Rushmer is presenting another exhibition at Haslemere Educational Museum entitled The War Years – A Painter’s Story.

It includes some exceptional paintings which depict images from areas of conflict covered by the artist, including Bosnia, Eritrea, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The exhibition runs until May 24 and Gordon will be in attendance with his paintings to talk to visitors on Saturday, May 24.

Gordon also gave a special talk about his experiences working alongside elite forces in Bosnia, Kosovo, Eritrea, Iraq and Afghanistan.

There was humour and tragedy in equal measure, backed by sketches and preparation paintings which he handed around for his audience to get a closer look at his work.

Gordon was born across the county border in Petersfield, and although his painting takes him across the world, he still lives in the south of England.

Gordon has work in the collections of the Royal Archive, House of Lords, National Library of Wales, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Special Boat Service, Royal Netherlands Marine Corps and HM Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He has exhibited at the Imperial 
War Museum, Tate Britain and Mariniers Museum, Rotterdam. Examples of his work may be seen at www.gordonrushmer.com

He describes himself as a painter of ‘conflict and calm’ and was the winner of the Rowland Hilder Award from the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours 2013.

Under the heading ‘conflict’, his pictures include scenes from an Eritrean refugee camp, action in Kosovo and in Helmand.

In stark contrast under the ‘calm’ heading, Gordon has captured stunning scenery in Hampshire and West Sussex including Plaistow, Fernhurst, Didling and Cocking.

He also features the wildlife of the area, from pheasants to a hare.

In other parts of the country Gordon has focused on blackberry time in Anglesey, Eastbourne at dawn, a Harlech morning, Southwold Study and a winter at Purbeck.

Further afield he has ventured, with his paintbrush, to Mont St Michel, Morocco and Venice, always with a love 
of water and his keen artist’s eye for differing kinds of light.