Don Oehl’s fascination with fine art began early in life. He grew up in Chicago, and studied dance at the Chicago Academy for the Performing Arts. Drawn to visual art, he went on to study drawing and painting at the École du Louvre in Paris.
Wanderlust and a desire for fresh creative energy led him to move to New York in 1995, where the vibrant mix of haute couture, downtown street fashion and graffiti greatly influenced his sense of style.
After studying Fashion Illustration at NYC’s FIT, Don worked with design companies on point of sale and window displays for clients like Aveda and Bergdorf Goodman. Subsequently, he moved to publishing, and worked as an Art Director at Condé Nast. However, he soon discovered that fashion illustration was his primary language and ultimate way of self-expression.
Don developed his illustrations through fashion, movement, shapes, and color—all with a wink. His illustrations are an homage to classical fashion illustration and incredibly on-trend. Don effortlessly blends digital process with classical illustration. He gains inspiration from his surroundings as well as from artists like Rene Gruau, Patrick Nagel, Kenneth Paul Block, Dondi White and John Luke Eastman.
On September 8, 2011, Don debuted his first solo show at Clic Gallery in SoHo. The show was a great success. He is currently among the gallery’s stable of artists.
His client list includes Bulgari, Chanel, Brides, Elle, Elle Decor, Domino, W Magazine, Glamour, Harper Collins, Huffington Post, InStyle, L’Oreal, Lucky,Madame Figaro, Victoria’s Secret Beauty, Self, and Target.
Don resides in SoHo with his partner Kourosh.