Isabel Eckleben

Artist Isabel Eckleben was born in Freiburg, Germany, in 1957. Her early art tuition occurred in Munich, where she was an apprentice at a Bauernmalerei firm. She moved to Lesotho in 1975 to work as a prop designer for Holiday Inn. A year later saw her enrolled at the Port Elizabeth College for Advanced Technical Education, specializing in illustration and graphic design. Following another short stint in Lesotho, she moved to South Africa where she travelled, exhibited and taught art before moving to Swakopmund, Namibia, in 1980. Isabel held numerous exhibitions in the country before opening her own gallery, Reflections, in 1987. Rather than focusing solely on her painting, she diversified in creating her own art images on writing pads, calendars, T-shirts and similar items. Namibia Post's Philatelic Services commissioned her in 1997 to design a set of stamps feauting the guineafowl. One of the stamps in the set formed part of a special message stamp series, a booklet and the first set of locally porduced Christmas stamps.

In November 1997, Isabel closed the doors of the Reflections gallery and set up her private studio at home, where she continues to create works on commission and for collectors. She exhibits on a permanent basis in Swakopmund, Windhoek, Cape Town and Germany.