Henry Faulkner

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Henry Lawrence Faulkner (January 9, 1924 – December 3, 1981) was a Kentucky-born artist and poet known as an eccentric rebel and bohemian. Faulkner is best known for his wildly colorful oil paintings and eccentric acts, including his bringing a bourbon-drinking goat to parties and art shows. He was a close friend of Tennessee Williams, who called him "a creative poet and artist."

Born on January 9, 1924 in Holland, KY, Faulkner went on to study as a scholarship student at the Louisville School of Art. Around the 1959, Faulkner started to exhibit his paintings more frequently, which were often compared to the Surrealist and Colorist movements and linked to famed artists such as Gustav Klimt. It is said he took inspiration from sources ranging from California to Italy, but his most popular works are abstractions of scenes in his native Kentucky. Today, his works are in the collections of the Morris Museum of Art in Morristown, NJ, and The Johnson Collection in Spartanburg, SC, among others.[1]

Faulkner died in a car accident in Lexington, Kentucky, on December 3, 1981.

In 2014, the Faulkner Morgan Archive, Inc. was created, in part, to help preserve Henry Faulkner's legacy.[2]


  1. ^ "Henry Faulkner | artnet". www.artnet.com. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  2. ^ "Henry Faulkner and Robert Morgan".