Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sept. 15th was the opening reception of Black & White photo portraits by Tony Smith of various major players in the Chicago Art scene. On exhibit at the historic South Side Community Art Center in the ever changing  Bronzeville District of Chicago. 

Here an executive of an organization of art collectors is reviewing a portrait of Turtel Onli, shown in sun-glasses.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Onli's practice often includes a narrative quality that he inherited from his tenure as a major-market illustrator. He inserts Rhythmistic abstractions in each painting or drawing to expand the reach of his future-primitif adventures to expand and explore this genre. 

Above: Prof. Onli and "The Alchemist" Acrylics on museum profiled canvas.
Below: "Play Angels" Oils on museum profiled canvas from Onli's "No Evils" Collection.
 Onli is standing next to his "Rhythmistic Baule" textile-quilted wall hanging that is a collaboration with Patrick Whalen or the Quilters Apocarary.
Patrick processing two more collaborations with Onli whose goal is to produce a collection of thirty of these future-primitif textile hybrid wall hangings.

Thursday, August 17, 2017


"Brushin' Brew" is an acrylics on canvas triptych with sections that are 24"W X 54" H.
Leading the way to a new direction and collection for Onli.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Prof. Onli with his two Rhythmistic entries to the Southern Shore Artists' Gallery group exhibition in, smooth runnings, lake front, Michigan City.  The Exhibitions theme is : "Pattern, Color, and Light".  These are essential design elements that play a role in Onli's continued Rhythmistic practice as a visual artist.

Left: "Play Angles" 40" X 40" oils on canvas. "The Alchemist", 30"W X 40"H. Acrylics on canvas. Both with a museum profile.  Smart collectors will appreciate this opportunity.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


Below photo, showing  his dynamic Rhythmistic fine art canvas original and Graphic Novels published by ONLI STUDIOS during a retrospective exhibition on the "Black Age of Comics" Movement in Chicago at the historic, classic WPA era launched, South Side Community Art Center.  

This innovative growing indie genre in graphic novels and comic books was launched by Onli at the South Side Community Art Center in February 1993.  It now boasts annual events in Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, New York, and Philadelphia.