Born in Malaysia, Valerie Choo is a Canadian Chinese painter who primarily works in acrylic and oil.
Although having grown up in a Christian family, Choo’s religious upbringing only started to influence her work after a monumental experience of living in Singapore. Having started painting as a teenager, she transitioned from exploring the interplay of her two cultures to presently, delving into reflecting the mastery of God’s craftsmanship through landscape.
Choo currently lives and works in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada. Upon completing her final year as a Visual Arts undergraduate student at York University, she hopes to continue her practice in the years to come with a continued focus on the natural world inspired by her awe of God who is the Creator of all things.
When not painting, Valerie likes to watch Chinese dramas and food videos.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
– 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV
“The true work of art is but a shadow of divine perfection.”
Why do I make art?
I make art because it’s an expression of my soul.
A form of worship to my Heavenly Father.
Like David and his Psalms, to rejoice in the work of His hands and express the joys and sorrows of life.
A way to preserve and remind others of the beauty of nature.
In this modern world of fast and busy, have you thought to slow down and rest? To find respite in the midst of this busy life?
Have you found time to breathe? To really look?
All that my Lord has created is a thing of beauty.
What I paint, it’s a reflection of that, a reflection of that hope and peace He brings.
In the midst of a storm or on a cloudy day, it’s the soft light that penetrates through the clouds.
In the vastness of the oceans, it’s the rocky outcrops that ground us.
In the valley surrounded by giants, it’s the soft breeze that refreshes us..
Though small and insignificant, we as humans have the privilege of resting and exploring in this place God created.
To share the beauty and be inspired by His creation… that’s why I make art.
2021 B.F.A. with Honours, York University, Toronto, ON.
2021 Onwards, VAAHArtSpaces, vaahartspaces.com (virtual).
2021 Open House 2021, Department of Visual Arts and Art History, York University, Toronto, ON
2021 Art Walk, Undergraduate Research Fair, York University, Toronto, ON
2020 Art Walk, Undergraduate Research Fair, York University, Toronto, ON
2020 Coalition, Open House 2020, Department of Visual Arts and Art History, York University, Toronto, ON
2019 SuperMegaUltra, Open House 2019, Department of Visual Arts and Art History, York University, Toronto, ON
2019 VASA x EWAG Open Gallery, Elanor Winters Art Gallery, York University, Toronto, ON
2020 Harry W.W. Rowe Arts of the Americas, York University, Toronto, ON