Afro Futuristic visual art is born of Rhythmism. Onli's shown to positive acclaim with Cool Globes, The Tubman Museum, MCA, New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Krannert Museum, OSUN, Younger Gallery, UIC, The DuSable Museum, Chicago Children's Museum, The FIAP in Paris, with his compelling future-primitif expressions which he termed as "Rhythmism" in the early 1970s during his tenure with B.A.G.. Educators, collectors, curators, critics, publishers and students are.. " Welcome!"
Installation series from ONLI STUDIOS presented at the DuSable Museum in Chicago.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
In the Rhythmic Zone! ONLI STUDIOS....Chicago! USA Wiki Link!
In times past, Onli was an illustrator for hot innovative magazines such as OUI. OUI was published by Playboy to reach the needs of a hot, cooler more innovative market. Onli was assigned to the "Prevu" section that regularly covered entertainment and Rock Stars. Here, OUI features a "Black Woman" on its Christmas cover. How future thinking is that positioning of Black beauty, sex and the traditional international holiday in 1974?
This issue's "Prevu" section included a revue of Davie Bowie's tradition from rock star to theatrical performance star. Onli's illustration captured the essence of this process. Where were you in 1974?
When a DVD performance of Blues musicians in Chicago jamming with the Rolling Stones in 1981 inspires a Japanese youth to visualize one of the key Bluesman as her "surrogate "God Father" and she muses these ideas in her sketchbook. She later, at age 22, visits Chicago the Summer of 2014, attends Blues Fests, Bars and clubs, in search of his essence and meets The Father of the Black Age during this sojourn. She secures a publishing deal with ONLI STUDIOS and crafts the first ever release of the art-book.....in the near future. She draws the Blues for you!
We will let you know when the product is available for collecting.
Dr. Ellis and Prof. Onli recently at the Gala Benefit Opening for the Harlem Fine Arts Show at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Dr. Ellis is a brilliant arts educator and the Director of Creative Engagement at ONLI STUDIOS.