Natalie d'Arbeloff

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Natalie d'Arbeloff is a British and American artist, cartoonist, humorist, writer and teacher. She was born in Paris of Russian and French parentage and raised in South America, the United States and Europe - settling in London in the mid-sixties.

A printmaker by profession, d'Arbeloff was an early theorist and practitioner of the bookwork or artist's book. Her paintings and artist's books have been exhibited internationally, and are in private and public collections including - Rijksmuseum Meermanno Westreenianum, The Hague; National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London;[1] Library of Congress, Washington, DC 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 colour 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 [1][2] in June 2008.

Some of d'Arbeloff's limited edition artist's books[edit]

  • 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)

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)


  1. ^ 'Mozart, Matisse, Blanche et moi', Artists' Books in the Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum, retrieved 2012-05-16.

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