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LAPIN contemporary

Karl Mullen:

Every Hook in the Book

May 3rd - June 30, 2024

Opening Reception on May 3rd,  6pm - 8pm

Norad Mill

60 Roberts Drive,

Studio 308

North Adams, MA


Karl Mullen, The Gospel According to Paddy, 2023, 72” x 72”.

LAPINcontemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works by Irish painter and musician Karl Mullen, at 60 Roberts Drive, studio 308, in North Adams, MA, at Norad Mill.


On view from May 3 to June 30, 2024, Karl Mullen: Every Hook in the Book features paintings created with the artist’s distinct approach using a variety of media and diverse methods of applying them.  The title, taken from the lyrics of one of Mullen’s original songs, reflects his approach to painting and to life.  All is possible and everything is at his disposal from conventional to unconventional media.  Every line and mark, pattern and shape, figure, and abstraction stems from Mullen’s intuitive process.


The works on view present large scale and abstract canvases, and paper, richly layered with a mixture of vinyl emulsion paint, markers, oil pastels, pencils, raw pigment, clay earth, tea, and red wine.  The result is at once vibrant and contemplative, human and sublime. 


Karl Mullen (b.1954, Dublin, Ireland) is a prolific, a self-taught artist widely known in the outsider art world. His artwork is found in private collections, galleries, and museums in the United States and Europe.  Equally abundant, his music originates from Leinster kitchens and crossed the Atlantic to transform into the underground punk band Carsickness, and the Celtic-inspired, Pittsburgh-based band Ploughman’s Lunch. Today, Mullen is the lead guitar/vocalist of 5 Pound Horse which will be on tour in Europe this summer. 


Mullen lives and works in Williamstown, Massachusetts.


LAPINcontemporary is an emerging gallery focused on contemporary emerging and existing artists.

Contact: Cristina Barbedo.

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