Simon’s work originated over a period of 30 years and consists of etchings, paintings, drawings, medals and books. He made his first etchings in 1968 as student at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and concluded his last etching in 1998, leaving an oeuvre of 350 etchings, after which he fully dedicated himself to painting and drawing.
Initially he was inspired by daily life and large world events. His work mainly has a literary character and is experimental in nature. Among his most important works are Dear Plato(1970), Groot Hollands landschap (1979) en Die goldene Zeit (1988). Starting 1983 the subject of his work changed from Dutch to more oriental topics characterized by etchings of Camels and Egyptian and Mediterranean landscapes and wildlife scenes.
The entire printed oevre of Simon Koene is kept at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, but is also still for sale. A selection can be previewed here.