Liberty Blake, Jim Jacobs


Francis Zimbeaux

Liberty Blake, "Three Red Stones", collage, 16 X 20 inches
Jim Jacobs, "Slip", wood, 46 X 110 X 14 inches
March 17th - April 14th
Liberty Blake’s collage work integrates a sophisticated sense of composition and design with an evolved restraint. Her complex color combinations beam richly with her carefully salvaged and collected bits of paper. Of her work she says “I love the feel of paper, it has a warmth that paint doesn’t quite have. The work is abstract, trapezoid chunks of paper that tessellate together. The shapes are often purposefully awkward and uncomfortable, wedged together as if they are holding each other up, or precariously balanced, layered and worn through. Creating tension and balance is essential, the size and placement of every piece of paper is carefully considered. Color relationships, relative scale, and texture, all come into play. My work is abstract, but the story behind each piece is personal and distinct; a place, friend, poem, landscape, object, or collection.” She hopes her collages evoke an emotional response, triggering thoughts and memories that create a sanctuary for the eye.
For Jim Jacobs lithe wood sculpture, the one thing that glues his work together is his interest in ‘intersections’ and boundaries, where things come together. That’s where interesting things happen. His intent with this body of work is to blur the line between the object and the world in which it exists and to examine the idea of boundaries and interrelationships. “The milled lumber and natural tree limbs are woven together in the age-old method that blends two materials to make a stronger whole, creating a visual vocabulary that can be playful, elegant and foreboding. His (pieces) float and dance across the gallery space, their splayed manufactured ends matched by natural limbs that branch into ever thinner and graceful tendrils.” –Shawn Rossiter

Francis Zimbeaux, "Sailing Dock", watercolor, 22 X 18 inches
Born in Paris, France, Francis Zimbeaux came to Utah in 1926. He was the only son of Lillian Clotilde Wehlish, a concert pianist in Europe and Frank Zimbeaux who was also an excellent artist and had a considerable influence on Utah Art. His very early art training came from time happily spent in his father's art studio. Formal art education came later at the Art Barn School with Bert Pumphrey and at the University of Utah with LeConte Stewart and Alvin Gittins. He lived in Salt Lake City, Utah until his passing in 2006 at age 93.
Please note that 50% of Zimbeaux’s sales will go toward the non-profit, online publication of Artists of Utah’s 15 Bytes magazine as designated by the Francis H. Zimbeaux trust.

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