Friday, March 23, 2012

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

 Onli's images often take on  portraiture while being a bit other worldly.   Looking to achieve success as a jet setting internationally known visual Rhythmistic artist was in effect.  He called it, "Cosmopolitan Daydream"
. The peak of that period was living and working in Paris with a client base that included the very trendy MODE Avant Garde magazine, Playboy and the Paris Metro Magazine.

 Later working with the Limelight Clubs was cool too.  Beautiful diversity.  Hot music. Amazing fashion parties. Culture.  Exclusivity. Freedom. Passion. The love of creativity. Trends ahead of their time!
Future-Primitifism.
La Femme Chat, first drawn in Paris in 1977, lived later in promotion of the Limelight Club of Chicago. A bit of Imagist's flavor seeking its own level.  The influence of comic books, illustration, mass media and glamour is very strong here.
 "Venuses": This crowded picture plane invites the intimate safe space to feel Rhythmism in a cosmopolitan context.  Like the way the French greet folks with a series of kisses.  Up close.  Personal.  Warmth and impact...... yet dangerously delicious.
 2010: Currently Onli is packaging his series of Rhythmistic watercolor illustrations that blend the East & West Zodiacs with a lil' sumpthun sumpthun.
This Rhythmistic Gazelle was drawn during an art auction.  It is the basis for a yet to be done oil painting.









Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Art lovers, collectors, curators & critics are invited. 
Ownership is the highest form of appreciation! 

" My studio is on the 4th Floor of the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago.  I give a monthly open house there each 3rd Friday of the month. 5pm to 10pm at 34th Place and South Racine in Chicago.  Enter via the dock stairs to the elevator."  Appointments are welcomed:  773-7261610 or onli@sbcglobal.net .

 "How is this for a little fan art by me?"

 "My studio sits on the East Bank of the Chicago River."

 "Being at one with my art".  I am including pictures of myself so folks will know a bit about the artist who makes the Rhythmistic art."

 In the early '80s  ONLI STUDIOS published this 'zine to promote and explore the creative arts.

"I was a voting member of NARAS meaning the Grammies.
I also managed and was the creative director of the
AKIBOARDS female techno-band.  The '80s were like that.
Boy.....the 20th century rocked!!!!!"

Sunday, March 11, 2012


"In the late '70s I lived and worked in Paris as an illustrator and Rhythmistic fine artist. Lucille Ellis and her good Katherine Dunham dance partner and friend, Eartha Kitt has suggested I go to Paris to chase dreams and run away from nightmares.  I went to the offices of Les Humanoid Associes to try to secure freelance illustration work with Metal Hurlant. This magazine was the basis of the Heavy Metal magazine that came to the USA and revolutionized illustration, comic books and introduced advanced production values in the form of graphic novels.  I met Moebius there and he asked, "Why can't you get work in the USA"?

I tried to explain to him that most art directors, critics and curators were not ready for me or my more sophisticated Rhythmistic work.  Even though they were impacted by its power, beauty & appeal.  He didn't understand those types of ism-schism politics that decided who gets the bigger jobs and who will not. I presented my work.  This included characters, concepts and illustrations. I was so ready for this moment. We exchanged a few words.  I left in reflection of that point. If you dare to be great, it helps to meet great people.  He was great!

I had always wanted to establish an multimedia publishing house and felt seeing their operation, I now experienced a working template.  Not the  downtown model.  But one funky and urbane. Theirs was a Euro-French movement.  Mine is Black-Rhythmistic. After that I later returned to Chicago. Published the creative arts'  'zines Papers, then Future Funk and next NOG: The Protector of the Pyramides thus launching the growing Black Age of Comics Movement.  Last year Moebius had a retrospective exhibition at the Cartier Foundation in Paris.  I sent him a few recent copies of Future Funk along with a note thanking him for is amazing life as and artist & publisher. Unfortunately, Moebius died in early March of 2012 at age 73.  He will be missed.

I wish his family, friends, fans, and legacy the best." 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


 "Itz A Rhythmistic World" is my Cool Globe that was featured in this article. This collection of Public Art directs attention to the challenges of dealing with global warming."

" Here I am standing with a recent commission. "Alchemie". In oils on canvas."
 "Isis Eyes" is an 40"W X 30"H acrylics on canvas.
Rhythmistic painting looking for the right collector.

"Here is my positive fun filled comic book dealing with going "Green" in the city.
It features resource a study tips for going green.  One city at a time."


"This 30" X30" oils on canvas painting is part of my growing
 watermelon collection known as the "Passion Fruit" collection." 
"Melon & Orchids".

 "I was fortunate enough to be one of several artists to be featured on these banners which were used to promote the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's "Bare Walls" annual scholarship fund raising event. I earned a BFA and MAAT from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 Centralized themes:  Meaning I have been growing Rhythmistic art collections that deal with the "Watermelon", "No Evils", and the "Zodiacs" as central ideas or concepts to be interpreted or visualized."

In any case, ownership is still the highest form of appreciation.


 Here we are working on a Cool Globe.

 "Me", in graphite, circa 1978 while living in Paris.
Yes, I have been doing Rhythmism for a while.

 "Me again", circa 2003. In oils on 40H X 30W museum profiled canvas, looking at my studio live- space burning up in 2001.  This painting brought me back into my full Rhythmistic art practice again.

Any press is good press.  Here I am with a true American icon.

 Viewing a mural I helped a group of middle school students to create.


 This is part of an oils on canvas triptych entitled,
"As the Sirens Sweetly Sang". Each panel is 40"W X 30" H.



"My studio is actually at 34th and Racine.  In the Bridgeport Art Center. Enter via the parking lot steps.  I host an Open Studio for art lovers, collectors, curators and critics each 3rd Friday of the month".  
Time: 5pm to 10pm.  4th floor via the stairways, door and the elevator. Free admission. 
Call 773-726-1610 for appointment or details.  Ownership is the highest from of appreciation.