Simon de Pury

Simon was blown away by the brilliance of Kymia's drawings.

on Dec 21, 20110

I wanted the finalists to do their best work ever for the finale. My visits to their homes and studios took place after already about two thirds of the time at their disposal had elapsed. I had high expectations since Young, Kymia, and Sara had all already demonstrated their talent during the competition so far. What I initially saw in each of their studios did not measure up with these expectations. This explains why I was possibly the bluntest with the artists that I had been during the whole competition.

Young was always the one who knew right from the start most precisely what he wanted to do and was very good articulating it. While, like everything he does, what he showed me in Chicago was fully thought through and extremely well executed, what he was planning for the finale was not exactly conveying much emotion. It was in total contrast to the shrine he had erected in his studio as homage to his late father. That piece was extremely moving without being sentimental and was very powerful. Seeing it made me encourage Young to fully explore the vein of that particular work. When I saw his exhibition fully installed, I was highly impressed by what he pulled together. He did an even more moving shrine for his father that was my favorite piece in the sophisticated installation he created for the finale. It was evident that it was speaking to the viewers in the gallery, and it was touching to see how China and KAWS reacted to it. Young is not only a gifted and intelligent artist, but he also demonstrated how elegant and gracious he is by the way he reacted when Kymia was declared the winner. 

5 comments
fionnuala.walsh.9
fionnuala.walsh.9

Will there be another show?  How do you go about applying to be a contestant on the show?  Is there an age limit?

Vera Caldas
Vera Caldas

When is the next casting for Work-of-Art???

Barbara M
Barbara M

How to buy prints? Bravo ends the show saying to go to this website to find out how to own a print, but I sure can't find it anywhere on the website. Could you help a girl out? I'd love a print of Kymia's boat.

1893k
1893k

Love you Simone! I am glad you are blunt wih the artists. It seems to help them - and challenge them to dig deeper.

I especially like reading your assessment of the artists' work. It's another perspective - and a trusted one at that...perhaps even the keenest of the bunch :)

I'm so glad Kymia won. Her work is lovely and thoughtful. I would love to see it in person.

D Frances Young
D Frances Young

I couldn't agree more, Kymia is an amazing artist. Please tell Bravo to get their act together and make it easier for people to buy prints and originals. There are people with money will to buy.