With Buddy at the Table
G. E. Mullan, "The Supper at Emmaus"
The composition above is highly stylized, but hardly static. The bright fields of contrasting colors are subtly shaded. There is always more to a G. E. Mullan painting than first meets the eye.
So, too, for the artist. If "Buddy" Mullan stood out in any crowd, it was usually because of his dry wit, not because people were fawning over the artist.
I was among the hundreds at his wake on Friday night. Many were fans of his art; even more were friends of the man. There were stories told about his tender compassion, his humble spirit, his encyclopedic knowledge of all the saints in the calendar - and the outrageous stories he could tell about every one of them.
Buddy was a man of deep faith and irreverent humor, of great knowledge and humble demeanor. A participant in conferences at the Vatican, he also served faithfully on committees in his parish.
It is fitting the Mullan's "The Supper at Emmaus" was chosen for the remembrance cards at his wake and funeral. Buddy saw himself as simply one of the disciples gathered around the table. Yet his art helped open the eyes of many to recognize Christ in their midst.