Eileen Arnow-Levine

Floating Above, 2009
Digital Print – full color, on acid free Cougar Natural Smooth 80 lb. Cover, 8.5 x 11 inches, edition of 10. $100

Head First, 2009
Digital Print – full color, on acid free Cougar Natural Smooth 80 lb. Cover, 8.5 x 11 inches, edition of 10. $100\

She’s Fallen Down Dead, 2009
Softcover Artists Book: Offset Lithography, Cougar Natural Smooth 80 lb. Cover, Cougar Natural 70 lb. Opaque Text, staple saddle stitched , Edition of 200 , 5 unnumbered copies, 8.75” x 5.75”, $10.


Floating Above & Head First are two full color digital prints of illustrations that were incorporated into the design of the front and back cover of Eileen’s book, She’s Fallen Down Dead. The illustration, Floating Above was inspired by a broadside, also entitled She’s Fallen Down Dead, that Eileen created for a group exhibition celebrating The Center for Book Arts’ 30th Anniversary. She’s Fallen Down Dead is a combination of ideas, stories and imagery that Eileen explored when she contributed to zines and mail art projects in the mid 1980’s to the mid 1990’s. The broadside She’s Fallen Down Dead, the two pages illustrated vignette She’s Dead, the one panel Deathbed, and two panels M. Mann were recreated as new illustrations and the core concepts of each piece were reinterpreted into one story. The woman lying dead at the bottom of the stairs in Floating Above is Eileen as both the artist’s model and a self-portrait; a concept she previously explored in She’s Dead and her book Angst. Head First is the back cover of the soft cover edition and the last illustration in both editions of She’s Fallen Down Dead and depicts the woman in mid-flight falling down the stairs.


In 1984, Eileen received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York at Purchase. Eileen’s major was Drawing/ Painting. She also took courses in Design and Printmaking to broaden her visual arts background.

Eileen’s first job out of college was inking technical illustrations for textbooks; a skill she continues to apply to her own style of illustration. She is also proficient in InDesign, Quark Xpress, Photoshop and Illustrator and is employed as a Graphic Designer.

Eileen creates artists books that she writes, illustrates and self-publishes. Intrigued by a seminar on independent publishing in college and her keen interest in illustration, Eileen created her first book, Death Made Simple in 1987, for an international mail art project. She continued to participate in mail art projects and the zine scene for over a decade.

Eileen makes illustrated chapbooks as well as limited handmade editions. Her narratives are often humorous and ironic stories or vignettes relating to death and morality. Eileen’s illustrations are high contrast black and white line drawings that evoke the look of children’s picture books.

On August 1, 2012,
Eileen was one of four artists that discussed their artists’ books in the exhibition Tell Me How You REALLY Feel: Diaristic Tendencies at the The Center For Book Arts in NYC. Eileen discussed what inspired and motivated her to create She’s Fallen Down Dead.

On February 21, 2008, Eileen was one of three panelists at The Heckscher Museum of Art’s Voices and Visions Symposium at Book Revue, Huntington, New York. The symposium, Books As Art was a discussion on creating, reviewing and collecting artists’ books.

Eileen is an artist member of The Center for Book Arts and a publisher member of The New York Center For Independent Publishing. Eileen’s books are part of The Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace Artists’ Books Collection and have been included in exhibitions and collections worldwide.

Eileen Arnow-Levine Website