Henry Lawrence Faulkner


(American, 1924-1981)

 Henry Faulkner was born in Holland, Kentucky in 1924. With his mother’s death in 1926, he and his ten brothers and sisters were placed in a children’s home in Louisville, Kentucky where he would be forced to return several times in his early life. By 1930, Henry had been placed in several foster homes, but eventually settled in Falling Timber, in Clay County.

Henry was always interested in art, making his early paints from poke berries and other natural materials. At age 15, during one of his returns to the children’s home, he enrolled as a scholarship student in the Louisville School of Art where he began to study art seriously. In 1942, Henry left Louisville, and though he continued his drawing and writing (he was a penetrating and prolific writer), he began what was to be a long period of traveling where he would meet among others, Ezra Pound, as an inpatient at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Henry first moved to Lexington in 1956 to continue his painting, drawing and writing in a more urban environment. At this time he also began his family-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 well received. In 1959 he met Tennessee Williams and a life-long friendship began, and he would travel back and forth from Kentucky to Florida until his death. He was exhibiting regularly in New York, Ohio and Florida and his reputation was becoming quite 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 home and the Florida Keys his winter home.

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

Hilltop Village, Church Steeples
Oil on Board 12" x 15"

Perugia, Italy
Oil on Board 13.5" x 19.5" SOLD

Oil on Board 10" x 14" SOLD

Gratz Park
Oil on Board 12" x 15" SOLD

Alice in the Posies
Oil on Board 17" x 12" SOLD

Beautiful Rose
Oil on Board 14" x 6.75"

Mom's Flowers
Oil on Board 12.5" x 8.75" SOLD

House with Fountain
Oil on Board 15" x 21" SOLD

Poem to God
Oil on Board 26" x 20" SOLD

Godiva, The unicorn Goddess
Oil on Board 22.5" x 18" SOLD

Railroad Street, Midway, KY
Oil on Board 25" x 30" SOLD

Off Limits
Oil Board 20" x 15" SOLD

Late Fall Lexington
Oil on Paper 10" x 13" SOLD

Black Rastus, My First Baby
Oil on Board 18" x 11" SOLD

Blue Eyed Cat Peeking Between Lace Curtains
Oil on Board 16" x 13" SOLD

Banquet in Siena, Italy
Oil on Board 14" x 18" SOLD

Birds of Magi
Oil on Board 7" x 5" SOLD

Adoration of the Butterfly
Oil on Board 24" x 20" SOLD

Alice, My Darling
Oil on Board 28" x 12" SOLD

Stairway to Heaven
Oil on Board 23.5" x 15" SOLD