Simon de Pury

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

on Dec 21, 20110

Kymia at various moments during the earlier parts of this competition had shown us flashes of her immense talent. I liked the way she transformed the sculpture she had chosen in Episode 1 for the so called kitsch art challenge. The work she did for the Pop challenge got her a second place right behind Young. The coffin she did with hands and feet sticking out for the newspaper challenge was good, but it was the drawing that brought her victory in the children's challenge that enchanted me. It is an outstanding drawing by any standard. Ever since seeing that drawing, I was secretly hoping Kymia would do more works of equal brilliance. I was trembling for her, since as opposed to Lola or Sara her momentum seemed to slow down a bit. There was the “key to the universe” in the car challenge that had malfunctioned and the “exchange of signatures” that while it sufficiently impressed the judges clearly had very little commercial appeal in the street vendors challenge. I did not particularly like the portrait she did of the couple of antique dealers in Cold Spring. Luckily for her I seem to be alone in that case, since that work allowed her to snatch victory in the penultimate challenge. 

When I visited Kymia's studio I was struck by the beauty of one large drawing. I was thrilled, because finally I was seeing again the type of quality that made me admire so much the drawing from the children's challenge. Turning round in the studio I saw two smallish sculptures that not only had none of the quality of the large drawing but were so unimpressive (I used stronger language on camera) that it was hard to imagine that it was the same person who had done them. Seeing Kymia's reaction to my blunt comments, I was worried that instead of motivating her by shaking her up, I had actually totally discouraged her. I advised her to try and do several large scale works in the manner of the works that I admired. She questioned whether she still had enough time to do them before the final exhibition. Not only was I very much relieved when I walked into her exhibition at the gallery; I was blown away by the quality of several of the large drawings she had done and in particular with the one of the boat with the shadow of the legs on its sail. That work to me is the very best work produced by any contestant during Season 2 of Work of Art. Kymia pulls off the feat of walking that very thin line of creating an exceptional work when it so easily could have looked corny and overly sentimental. 

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.