David Olenick


David Olenick

After receiving his BFA from Parsons School of Design, David Olenick spent 15 years as a graphic artist and art director, developing t-shirts for some of the big names in the fashion industry. Then, he started working for a more manageable client - himself. Olenick’s unique approach to the integration of humor, art, design, and fashion led to a breakout success with Threadless.com, where his signature designs earned him a ranking as the 6th most printed artist of 2013. He was subsequently asked to create his own collection of t-shirts as part of the Threadless "MADE" project in 2014. In addition to online shops like Threadless and Ohh Deer, Olenick’s designs have appeared on products at Gap, Urban Outfitters, Barnes & Noble, and Target, and his work has been featured in publications including British Vogue, FHM magazine, The Telegraph, My Modern Met, and Print magazine.


New York illustrator and graphic designer David Olenick offers a uniquely minimal and poignantly funny look at the world around us. He articulates his view of human nature through ingenious, geometrical portrait renderings of puns and character flaws. His personified animals and objects serve as protagonists and jesters, embodying our shared intimate shortcomings while simultaneously providing poetic license for them. Olenick's art is inspired by anxiety, embarrassment and profanity.  He invents his world of zen-like humorous koans while seated in Manhattan bars and restaurants, enhancing his comic insight with the aid of a cocktail or two.  He fuels his artistic vision with museum crawls, low carb meals, and conversations about art, where he freely shares his seasoned opinion that simple designs are actually the hardest kind to create.


Lives and works in New York, NY

  • 1996Parsons School of Design, BFA
  • 2014I’ve Got Nothing to Prove to You People, Opus Project Space
  • 2016The 18th Annual Postcards from the Edge, Visual AIDS
  • 2015The 17th Annual Postcards from the Edge, Visual AIDS
  • 2014Parsons Alumni Exhibition 2015, Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
  • 2013Parsons Alumni Exhibition 2013, Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
  • 2012Parsons Alumni Exhibition 2012, Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
  • 2014Opus Project Space