Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Rhythmistic visual artist, Turtel Onli was photographed a few years ago at the ONLI STUDIOS when it was located in the massive Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago.  After seven years of being there he has returned to a super cool, lake view hi-rise live work space in the important Hyde Park district of Chicago.  

Onli is still committed to exploring his thesis of "Rhythmistim" in the visual arts with a diversified application.  This is a growing practice that spans across fine art, applied art and commercial art.
 "Local Brewz" is a series of paintings celebrating the explosion of locally carafted beers and other beverages.  Each museum profiled panel done in  acrylic on linen-painting is 24"W X 54"H.
 He has resurrected his "Rhythmistic Quilts" collaboration which started in the 1980s with quilting embellishments by Marian Hayes, followed by efforts by Cassandra Washington. But most of the collection was destroyed or seriously damaged in a live-work-space fire in 2001.  Now Onli feels the surge to rebuild them and is working with master quilter Patrick Whalen of the Quilters' Apothecary in Michigan City toward this end.
 Onli often exhibits in limited group showcases in Michigan City's Arts District as a member of Southern Shore Arts Associaiton.
Onli's graphic -novels work was part of the group exhibition curated by Prof. John Jennings & Damian Duffy at the Krannert  Museum.  Onli brought a group of his art students to review the exhibition, OUT OF SEQUENCE", featuring various comic book, and graphic novel illustrations.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sofia Hyuang was a recent intern at ONLI STUDIOS. She was a student at the University of Chicago and wanted a practical hands on art making experience that her curriculum was lacking.  Here she shows a component of her installation art therapy based project.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

CHICAGO- ONLI STUDIOS is re-organizing its operation from a live brick & mortar studio with its monthly openings to a more svelte, virtual online focus. Long an advocate of expanding the visual arts with innovations such as Rhythmism and the growing Black Age of Comics genre, its founder and Chief Operating Artist is currently culling its extensive archives to publish fresh, earlier little known works. ONLI STUDIOS' Rhythmistic fine art and publications will be available in selected showcases like galleries, comic-cons and in download formats.

Onli was a major market illustrator with a client base that included the likes of Playboy, Capital Records and MODE Avant Garde. His early 'zine publications such as "Papers" and later "Future Funk" promoted the arts and an indie-world were every cultural stream was a respected source of creativity and appreciation.

The satirical, Bo-Monroe spoofed the movie "10' that started Bo Derek, and suggested non Black women were being overwhelmed by the beauty practices of Black women. "Etoile", which was inspired by Onli's association with friends who were professional dancers, experimented with poetry and erotic choreography in a sequential art context. These, coloring books, graphic novels and other publications are available for the ever-cool mobile experience at

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Sunday, August 30, 2015

ONLI STUDIOS, LLC.  offers its indie Graphic Novels as downloads via its website.