R. Spence, M.D, a
specialist in physical medicine
and rehabilitation had multiple successful careers; as physician, writer,
inventor of sports
medicine products, and health educator. Spence became aware of Mulleians
at a feature exhibit at Gallery On The Square
in San Franciscos North Beach during the early 1980s. Here he discovered
a startling, powerfully resonating piece
entitled Dies Irae by Mulleian, depicting the aftermath of nuclear annialation.
Amazed and captivated by the paintings
stark, dramatic beauty, its concept and execution, its symphony
of color and form, Spence
would enthusiastically embark on several visits to the gallery, each
time to study the painting in ever greater detail, each
time discovering more. In a letter to Mulleian, Wayman R. Spence writes,
I think this piece is marvelous in many ways and
has a message, which needs to be delivered.
request by Spence,
the gallery owner would arrange a meeting with Mulleian and, in a closed-door
session, would buy the right to reproduce and
publish the painting. Within that year Spence would purchase the original
peace for the Medical Heritage Gallery, a prestigious
collection of contemporary art. Dies Irae would eventually be published by
WRS publishing, along with another painting by
Mulleian, entitled Spring Rain, a work which depicts a reflection on the implications
of the Aids epidemic. Both works were later featured in a national and international
hard cover art book entitled The Healing Arts: The Best American Artists Look
at Medicine Today, curated and written by Wayman R. Spence, M.D. In colaberation
with his assistant Ann Page. Book design by Kenneth Turbeville. And jacket
by Joe James, a volume
comprising the works of sixty artists, including a piece by Jose Pevez.
year later WRS publishing was considering a feature book on Mulleians
when Wayman Spences life came to an abrupt end due to terminal cancer.