“So be they” is the acceptance, Amen to others. Uniqueness exists in each of us and François Bard strives to reveal it. The artist scratches and sand down deeply the painting material of the souls he discerns.
A man wearing a kilt, a guy in a hoody, a middle-class woman in a little black dress or a business man rubbing his hands - they all have an obscure part that they try hard to hide. A strange sight is happening: the characters, as icons of our modern world, are staged within a cinematic frame. Clear breaks on the legs, on the face, or at the top of the bust, a play of light and shadows which speaks of Bard’s fascination with the Spanish Golden Age in painting. François Bard plays off human vanity.
The artist uses thickened textures and drips to capture an oppressive atmosphere, which exudes from each pore of the painting. So be it, there is no way out of human fate. Only remain these paintings, where we can find a part of us, placed right in the middle.