Gerard Burns has been a friend of Emmaus Glasgow ever since he donated a painting to be auctioned at the Emmaus fund-raising dinner last September. Held in the Marriot Hotel, the fundraiser was an overall great success; the zenith of the evening being the auction of Gerard’s painting “A Winter’s Walk”. The woman depicted in the painting is wrapped up against “the angry airt”, embarking upon a journey despite the relentless winter’s cold.
The woman in the painting embarking on a journey was to point to things to come. Later that year, Gerard Burns, among other Scottish Artists, was commissioned by the Archdiocese of Glasgow to paint something for the exhibition Lentfest. He was asked to paint “The Road to Emmaus”.
Struck by this coincidence, as he had been unfamiliar with this New Testament story prior to the Emmaus Glasgow Fundraiser, Gerard contacted Emmaus Glasgow and asked if three Emmaus companions would consider being models for the painting. Robbie, Mark and Craig stepped forward.
The painting of the three men is left open to interpretation. Who is the Christ figure? It could be any one of them. Mark is looking, Craig is listening and Robbie is speaking.
The painting has since taken on a life of its own, with Anna Magnusson speaking about it on the Ricky Ross Show, Radio Scotland, appearing in the Glasgow Herald and will be presented to Terry Waite on his visit to Glasgow later this year. Gerard, through another act of generosity, has donated the painting to Emmaus Glasgow and the painting will be used to raise the organisation’s profile in Glasgow.
At present you can see it hanging in Glasgow University Chapel as the 4th Station in the Via Lucis. However, it is safe to say that this will unlikely be the end point.