Installation series from ONLI STUDIOS presented at the DuSable Museum in Chicago.

Friday, July 25, 2014

ONLI STUDIOS has a growing line of hot  Afrofuturistic Rhythmistic 
heroes in graphic novels, prints, t-shirts, and comic books. 
Contemporary mythology is heating up! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

These are actual movements. Rhythmism and Afrofuturism. Art. Music. Dance. Literature. Fashion. Architecture. Cuisine. Theology. Languages. Lifestyles.

Monday, July 21, 2014

 ONLI STUDIOS publishes where its mouth is!  The future of the visual by way of da funk!
For over 30 years ONLI STUDIOS has been on zoom mode. Pushing the visual in terms of genres, creativity, culture and commerce. Prof. Onli has always reached out to other visual bad asses along the way to winning this war for minds and market shares.
Watch for coming issues of "Future Funk"!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

 "I often apply Rhythmistic aspects to projects and characters not of my creation.  Here is my treatment of Omega-7's Darkforce from the unpublished team up with ONLI STUDIOS' Malcolm-10."
"Here two critical indie heroes meet to plan action.  I am not giving away the storyline or plot, but it will rock whenever completed.  My point of sharing these images is to link illustration and commercial visual art to esoteric fine art.  I have applied Rhythmism to the entire range.  Close inspection of the design elements and the theme serves notice to its embrace of the afrofuturistic as well. One has to get past the orthodoxy of thinking fine art is a "high art" and comic book art or commercial illustration is a "low art".  I hold the truth that the best and most skilled/prolific visual practitioners work in the commercial competitive domains!"

Saturday, July 12, 2014

 Prof. Onli appreciating his Rhythmistic series of three oils on canvas painting entitled, "As the Sirens Sweetly Sang." This was at a gallery exhibition in Chicago.
 While on a visit to Puerto Rico, near a old Spainish slave port, Onli strikes a Rhythmistic pose in tribute to the travels and challenges of Africans brought to the Americas and their projected afrofuturistic aspirations of freedom on all levels. The future-primitif in us is calling!
 Presenting at a major Black Age of Comics Convention. ECBACC, in Philadelphia, PS. USA.
 One of a kind wearable Art-Star denim from ONLI STUDIOS.
 A 1983 tribute indigo based  ink painting to the late great Jimi Hendrix. Part of the "Rhythmistic Jimi" Collection.
ONLI STUDIOS is currently in production creating the 2nd edition of the timely "Sustah-Girl Work Out Book.  It promotes heathy choices and fitness to young women and girls of color.  It is great for families and classes alike.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Recently a few curators, critics and collectors visited Onli Studios 
and asked  the Rhythmistic Visual Artist the question......"Why Black?" 

In response Dr. Onli stated:

"America has benefited from the Black Cultural revolution that we launched in the mid 1960s and continues that benefit today.  It wins the culture wars on every content in terms of music, dance, fashion and flow.  Blackness is a serious export that reaches beyond the limits of languages and politics. We also rock the funk outta the visual arts.  This is why I coined the term and visual practice which I share in the name, Rhythmism. Black Culture is a valid as all other cultures except it is young. Around 60 years old. It is always in a growth mode.

Artistic mastery is akin to intellectual achievement.

The timid "post-Black" folks and the  resistant "race neutral people" tend to fear its force and resent its successes. Could one imagine being "post Jewish"  or "Asian Neutral? No matter....we love them too.  Black Culture separated American culture completely from its Euro roots.

Black Culture is the product of collective intelligent processing, observations, practice and serious levels of adaptation over decades.  To this end I serve up  Rhythmism and the growing Black Age of Comics Movement.  This is my short term answer.  The rest is expressed in my artistic practice.

Ownership is the highest form of appreciation!"

Dr. Onli, M.A.A.T

Professor of Art Appreciation and 
Studio Drawing at the Harold Washington College 
in Chicago Il USA
and Chief Operating Artist at ONLI STUDIOS.