François Bard's oeuvre is often described as "epic" or "monumental." Yet he paints the most ordinary of subjects, transforming them into powerful metaphors of human emotion. Hard to define, he is a conceptual experimentalist disguised as a traditionalist. His paintings invariably elicit more questions than answers. Elusive and multilayered, images of everyday people and places suggest meaning, and hint at the emotional content just beyond our grasp.