Henry Lawrence Faulkner
Henry Lawrence Faulkner

Henry Lawrence Faulkner

Henry Faulkner was born in Holland, Kentucky in 1924. With his mom’s death in 1926, he and his ten brothers and sisters were placed in a children’s residence in Louisville, Kentucky the place he would be forced to return a number of occasions in his early life. By 1930, Henry had been placed in several foster houses, however finally settled in Falling Timber, in Clay County.
Henry was always considering art, making his early paints from poke berries and other pure materials. At age 15, throughout considered one of his returns to the children’s residence, he enrolled as a scholarship student within the Louisville School of Artwork the place he started to check art seriously. In 1942, Henry left Louisville, and though he continued his drawing and writing (he was a penetrating and prolific author), he started what was to be a long period of touring the place he would meet amongst others, Ezra Pound, as an inpatient at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C.

henry faulkner sketches first moved to Lexington in 1956 to continue his painting, drawing and writing in a more city environment. At this time he additionally started his household-an odd collection of cats and a goat (which would accompany him everywhere during his travels). During the late fifties he exhibited at galleries in New York, Ohio and Florida where his work was nicely received. In 1959 he met Tennessee Williams and a life-long palship began, and he would journey back and forth from Kentucky to Florida until his death. He was exhibiting recurrently in New York, Ohio and Florida and his repute was becoming fairly solid. In 1961, he went to Taormina, Sicily, in Italy, and it was there he perfected his painting style. In the mid-sixties, Henry made Lexington his permanent summer time residence and the Florida Keys his winter home.

Faulkner continued his painting, writing and touring throughout the seventies. He was an avid collector of furnishings, antiques and clothing on which he spent all of the earnings from his paintings. His personal model, wit and imagination left lasting impressions on all who met him. Henry died in 1981 on account of an automobile accident just ¼ mile from his home.