Wednesday, February 21, 2018




This landmark album cover was created by Prof. Onli in 1973. It expresses unique notions of higher intellectualism in a raw Rhythmistic context.  The visual worlds are catching up to his vision and practices but not embracing this practice with resources.  But this war is far from over!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

"I am moving to extend this textile based quilted art collection of future-primitif Rhythmistic visual art. The goal is to connect with collectors and curators who feel the creative vibe of an older Black man whose art and practice is not a tribute to oppression or a nod to violence....but artistic intellect! It just takes the right few!!"

Sunday, October 22, 2017

This was a great downtown Chicago parade that included lots of folks from the creative community. Halloween meets La Dia De Los Muertoes meets drum line with dancing in da streets.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

Link: Southern Shore Artists Group Exhibition: " La Nouvelle Femme"

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sept. 15th 2017 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, newly designated "National Treasure" ( the black space here is the link to the story) "National Treasure" by the National Trust,  the 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, ,his own image along with many other members and participants of the Black Art Scene. Onli is shown in sun-glasses.

Onli started his career there in 1970 and has maintained his professional and creative practices association with the SSCAC over the decades.