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Francis Hubert Zimbeaux
(1913 - 2006)
Francis Hubert Zimbeaux, born on July 14, was the French-born son of artist Frank Ignatius Seriphic Zimbeaux and pianist Lillian Clotide Wehlish. The Zimbeaux family settled in Salt Lake City in 1926. After he graduated from the Judge Memorial High School, Francis joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and later was drafted into the US Air Force during World War II. He went on to study at the Art Barn School and then at University of Utah. He was a Salt Lake City draftsman and painter in oils, gouache, pen, and ink with washes, as well as other drawing media. He was a semi abstractionist in the creation of tonalist landscapes in oils on canvas, as well as the creator of wonderfully stylized figurative works done often with a fluid mix of drawing and painting techniques on paper. Francis Zimbeaux's oil paintings are often handsome, essentially value-initiated landscape "tone poems'' that echo his father's work to some extent, while his figure scenes of mythological genre (nymphs and such), street scenes, some religious subject matter, and even portraits actually represent an expansion on themes Frank Zimbeaux dealt with in oils in quite a different way. He was a major figure in the Utah art scene for over 60 years and died in March of 2006.