15 Facts About Adrian Henri


Adrian Henri was a British poet and painter best remembered as the founder of poetry-rock group the Liverpool Scene and as one of three poets in the best-selling anthology The Mersey Sound, along with Brian Patten and Roger McGough.

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Adrian Henri was described by Edward Lucie-Smith in British Poetry since 1945 as the "theoretician" of the three.

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Adrian Henri was influenced by the French Symbolist school of poetry and surrealist art.

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Adrian Henri's grandfather was a seaman from Mauritius who settled in Birkenhead, Cheshire, where Henri was born.

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Adrian Henri studied art at Newcastle and for a short time taught art at Preston Catholic College before going on to lecture in art at both Manchester and Liverpool Colleges of Art.

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Adrian Henri was closely associated with other artists of the area and the era including the Pop artist Neville Weston and the conceptual artist Keith Arnatt.

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Adrian Henri was president of the Merseyside Arts Association and Liverpool Academy of the Arts in the 1970s and was an honorary professor of the city's John Moores University.

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Adrian Henri's career spanned everything from artist and poet to teacher, rock-and-roll performer, playwright and librettist.

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Unlike McGough and Patten, Adrian Henri turned his back on the trendier London scene, and chose to remain in Liverpool, saying there was nowhere he loved better.

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Adrian Henri was the leading light of a band, the Liverpool Scene, which released four LPs of poetry and music.

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Adrian Henri was a firm believer in live poetry reading, and read his poetry at many and varied venues as well as holding poetry workshops at schools and colleges.

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In 1986 Adrian Henri became the first President of the National Acrylic Painters' Association, a post he held until 1991, after which he became its first Fellow and Patron until his death in 2000.

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Adrian Henri died in Liverpool, aged 68, having never properly recovered from a stroke that he had suffered two years previously.

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Adrian Henri received an honorary doctorate from the University of Liverpool.

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Adrian Henri was at the centre of a distinctive yet highly connected counter-culture, providing an opportunity to consider his embrace of total art as a template for interdisciplinary art practice.

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