Natalie d'Arbeloff

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Natalie d'Arbeloff (born 1929)[1][2] is a British American artist, known for her work as a printmaker, book artist, cartoonist, and writer.


She was born in Paris, France in 1929 of Russian and French parentage.[3] She was raised in South America, the United States and Europe.[citation needed] From 1951 to 1953 d'Arbeloff studied at the Art Students League of New York, followed by art study in Mexico at Instituto Allende from 1956 to 1957 and Central School of Art (printmaking) in London from 1964 to 1967.[4]

Printmaker by profession, d'Arbeloff is a practitioner of the bookwork and artist's books. Her paintings and artist's books have been exhibited internationally, and are in private and public collections including Rijksmuseum, Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met),[5] The Hague, National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum,[6] Library of Congress, and many rare book collections in American and European universities.

Originally printed as small press publications, her work featuring fictional alter-ego character Augustine has developed through internet forms - the webcomic and blogosphere. In 2007 d'Arbeloff published the first of her series of web-based strip cartoons The God Interviews as a full color paperback comic book.


She was joint recipient of The Guardian's 2007 inaugural Mary Stott competition prize which included editing the newspaper's women's pages for one week in June 2008.[7][8]

d'Arbeloff won the 2019 Laydeez Do Comics Rosalind D. Penfold award. This award was for a graphic novel-in-progress (not a finished graphic novel) and was given to Double Entendre as the best entry from comics artists over 50 years old.


This is a list of some of d'Arbeloff's limited edition artist's books

  • The Word Accomplished, A.B.Christopher (Alexander d'Arbeloff). Etchings, design, hand-printing by Natalie d'Arbeloff. Edition of 75. (NdA Press, 1974)
  • The Word Accomplished, Paperback facsimile edition of the above. Printed by Tipografia P.U.G. in Rome (NdA Press, 1984)
  • Seuphor A Natalie, Extracts of letters from Michel Seuphor to Natalie d'Arbeloff. Blind-embossings (gaufrages), design, production by Natalie d'Arbeloff. Edition of 45. (NdA Press, 1978)
  • Fungus and Curmudgeonly, A play by Simon Meyerson. Etchings, collagraphs, design, production by Natalie d'Arbeloff. Edition of 50 (NdA Press, 1980)
  • For A Song, Seven poems and etchings by Natalie d'Arbeloff. Edition of 15. (NdA Press, 1980)
  • The Piper of the Stars, John Forest (Christopher d'Arbeloff). Drawings by Sarah d'Arbeloff etched and hand-printed by Natalie d'Arbeloff. Letterpress by Stanislas Gliwa. Edition of 25 (NdA Press, 1986)
  • Pater Noster, Natalie d'Arbeloff. Book-object. Edition of 5 similar but not identical copies. (NdA Press, 1988)
  • Mozart, Matisse, Blanche et Moi, Natalie d'Arbeloff. Drypoints with text handwritten in the plates. Edition of 6. (NdA Press, 1990)
  • Philosophy, Natalie d'Arbeloff. Etchings with text handwritten in the plates. Part of NdA's Gabriel Books series. Edition of 16. (NdA Press, 1990)
  • Love, Natalie d'Arbeloff. Etchings with text handwritten in the plates. Part of NdA's Gabriel Books series. Edition of 16. (NdA Press, 1992)
  • The Creation from the Book of Enoch: Five and a half hours in Paradise, Natalie d'Arbeloff. Extracts from the Book of Enoch. Sugar-lift etchings and relief printing by Natalie d'Arbeloff. Edition of 12. (NdA Press, 1992)
  • The Revelation of Saint John the Divine, visually interpreted by Natalie d'Arbeloff. Edition of 150. (Old Stile Press, 1999)
  • Trans-Siberian Prosody and Little Jeanne from France by Blaise Cendrars, translated by Dick Jones. Edition of 150. Relief prints by Natalie d’Arbeloff (Old Stile Press, 2015)

Further reading[edit]

  • Creating in Collage, Natalie d'Arbeloff and Jack Yates (Studio Vista/Watson Guptill, 1967)
  • An Artist's Workbook, Natalie d'Arbeloff (Studio Vista/Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1969)
  • Designing With Natural Forms, Natalie d'Arbeloff (Batsford/Watson-Guptill 1973)
  • The Augustine Adventures: Small Packages, Natalie d'Arbeloff (NdA Press 1984-1987. Set of 10 mini-comics)
  • Augustine's True Confession, Natalie d'Arbeloff (NdA Press, 1989)
  • The Joy of Letting Women Down: Secrets of the Worshipped Male, Natalie d'Arbeloff (Robson Books, 2000)
  • The God Interviews, Natalie d'Arbeloff (NdA Press, 2007)
  • La Vie en Rosé, Natalie d’Arbeloff (NdA Press, 2012)


  1. ^ "'There are no rules in age': confession of an almost 90-year-old". The Guardian. 2019-01-03. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  2. ^ "Special Collections and Archives: The Revelation of Saint John the Divine". Southern Methodist University (SMU). Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  3. ^ "Ich Bin Kentishtowner: Natalie D'Arbeloff, Artist". Kentishtowner. 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  4. ^ "Natalie d'Arbeloff, artist and printmaker : papers - Archives Hub". V&A Museum. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  5. ^ "Prospectus for 'The Word Accomplished',1974". The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  6. ^ 'Mozart, Matisse, Blanche et moi', Artists' Books in the Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum, retrieved 2012-05-16.
  7. ^ "Natalie d'Arbeloff is wondering why there are so few older women in the cybervillage". The Guardian. 2008-06-13. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  8. ^ Saner, Emine (2008-06-17). "Emine Saner on successful women artists over 60". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-09-12. Natalie d'Arbeloff is joint winner of our first Mary Stott prize.

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