Simon Koo, Contemporary Canadian Artist
The artist, Simon Koo, dreamed of becoming an artist (painter) some day from the time he was a teenager. After high school, he attended the University of Ottawa, first in Biology, then in Mechanical Engineering.
After graduation, he spent most of his Engineering career in the petroleum industry. In 1992, he quit his engineering career to start his new full-time career as an artist/painter. Over the past twenty-five (25) years, he has participated in numerous art shows, large and small in many locations throughout Ontario and Quebec.
Simon enjoys painting people doing things, the types of simple things that people do everyday. His philosophy about painting is simple: There is no such a thing as a good painting or a bad painting, a good painter or a bad painter. We all contribute to a much bigger picture: the human experience. His works hang in private and corporate collections in Canada, the US as well as in the Far East.
The painting on the top right is a commissioned piece for the new Russell Library when it opened. The piece is of a Mother reading a book to her daughter under an apple tree canopy featuring residents in Russell.
The Fall Exuberance painting featured on your right is an award winning painting from the 2013 Ottawa Art Expo and the Ottawa Humane Society.
This painting was also an award winning painting from the 2013 Ottawa Art Expo and won the Legacy Award for outstanding artistic achievement in the spirit of Emily Carr.