Artist Sue Hoppe and her husband Max run a showroom at their Prince Albert home to exhibit Sue’s art and the books they publish through El Gecko Publishing. “If we’re here, ring the cow bell and we’ll let you in, or if not, phone and make an appointment,” they say.
El Gecko Publishing is an indie publisher, making high-quality, fun books for kids and adults, with a distinctly South African flavour. The idea to publish their own books started with their shared passion for windmills. On their travels, they would hunt down windmills to photograph, which resulted in their first book, called The Climax Collection: The secret life of Windmills – a collection of photographs accompanied by “naughty” captions. A series of illustrated kids’ books followed.
Sue mainly works in oils, but also uses photography, collage and, most recently, encaustic – a process that uses hot wax for painting – to express her ideas.
Her themes and techniques vary widely. “I am preoccupied with the plight of women and children in Africa, and my love for architecture and nature also feature often,” she says. To find out more, go to her website.