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Rhythmistic art uses a delicate blend of media, design aspects and techniques to create visual compositions that are like music for the eye.

We encourage secure, affluent, enlightened and educated art lovers to browse these Rhythmistic masterpieces.

Onli's exclusive  Rhythmistic fine art work has been exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art of New York, the Krannert Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry of Chicago, the FIAP of Paris, The DuSable Museum,  the Munster Center For Visual and Performing Art, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Children's Museum, The Box Factory For the Arts, The South Side Community Art Center, The OSUN Center For the Arts, & The Lubeznik Center For The Arts.
"REACH" is a rare dynamic 30"X40". oils on museum profiled canvas Rhythmistic masterwork set in a vintage ornate frame. It shows a goddess-like icon reaching for the life giving Sun. Or does it show her being pulled by the Sun? In this work, abstraction meets the human figure.  Warm colors explode into cool counter balancing hues. Passion, beauty and power meets humility in this flow of life's energy.

"Play Angels" is an oil on 40" square museum profiled canvas.  It catches youthful angels in a sudden burst of playful flight. It explores the proverb of See No, Hear No and Speak No Evil. 

 As does the 2000 24"W X 36"H, oils on canvas "Think No Evils".

Above right: "Taming The Waters" Oils on 24"W X 36"H framed canvas board. An angel is bringing stability and food. 

Below: "Butterfly-Melon" 18"HX24"W oils on canvas board. She is wearing the symbols of the sustainable movement and accompanied by a fragile butterfly along with the nutritious watermelon. 
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 Onli is proudly honored to have been a 2020 invitational recipient of the Jackman Goldwasser Residency at the 
 Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago for international, national & local artist. "Rhythmistic Residency"
Onli holds a BFA in Art Education and a Masters in Art and Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is an active supporter of events and activities that contribute to the art scene is his home of Chicago. 

 He was a regular participating fundraising alum for the School of the Art Institute's "Bare Walls" scholarship fund drive.

Onli is pictured on the bottom of the banner to the left, painting a "No Evils" work. 
Onli's "No Evils" collection is a growing body of works created in the American narrative art tradition pioneered by the likes of Winslow Homer and N. C. Wyeth. Like them, Onli was a commercial illustrator who crossed over into innovative fine art. He employs the human figure or portrait in a creative context that expresses timeless ideas and stories that reach through the expanse of future-primitivism and humanity. 

The realistic or naturalistic aspects are like the lyrics, while the abstractions are like the musical arrangements.
There is a great tradition of artists working as illustrators to reach audiences with their incredible narrative artworks. It is like a musician producing albums.  

"The Alchemist" is an amazing acrylics on museum profiled 30"W X 40"H canvas. Rhythmistic painting that shows the legendary practice of turning lead into gold. Better yet, infusing value onto the worthless or the less valued.  

Baldness is Onli's way of suggesting a 
sense of serenity and purity.

ABOVE:: "Speak No Evil" is a 36"H X 24"W oils on canvas painting.  It channels traditional Asian icons of the Far East with a women in a movement expressing her freedom from speaking evil.  

Below: "Hold No Evils". This 24"W X 36"H oils on canvas Rhythmistic painting combines Native American symbolism in the forms of the endangered Buffalo, the Earth opening to gift birth, the glyph of the mighty Amazon River and the skirt that is derived from the layered skin of the South American Anteater. It renders a circular connection between the spiritual Americas into a romanticized metaphysical vision

 All while the serene subject gently secures her slice of this precious fruit.

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Onli's Grandfather, who raised him, was an ordained Pentecostal pastor who often spoke about the open air Baptisms perfromed in the American South. Here Onli channels a vision from those stories to show a group engaged in praise-dance celebration after a Baptism in a local stream.
Acrylics on museum profiled 24"W X 36"H canvas.

 "Wading The Waters" 
The mystery of the Stonehenge along with the written language of alchemy merge in this earthy "Seek No Evils" dance of a "goddess-like" woman of the North.

Oils on 24"W X 36"H canvas.  
Serious collectors will appreciate learning that the entire collection of twelve, 22" X 28" watercolor on archival paper, Original Rhythmistic illustrations from the "East / West Zodiac Journal" are available to the right situation.
"As The Sirens Sweetly Sang" is an original contemporary. neo-classical. Rhythmistic trilogy that is 30"H X 120"W, oils on museum profiled canvas. This masterful triptych shows mermaids caring for sea creatures in the wake of an oil spill, suggesting humanity's growing role as the care taker of Nature.  Inspired by the major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the song by Cream, "Tales of Great Ulysess"
"Place Setting" is an oils on canvas-board 24"W X 36"H  festive celebration.
"No Evil Blues" is a 36" square, diptych, acrylics on canvas paintings. It poses a future-primitif esthetic along with the universal motif of "No Evils".
Onli's artistic practice applies proven techniques and quality materials to manifest a unique flow of contemporary visual expressions in a growing experimental context that may be narrative, personal or abstracted to connect with a spectrum of collectors, curators or critics. Melding creativity, culture and commerce across eras and influences while exploring the human figure, condition and potential.
Above right: In the EMI Recording Studios near Paris France, Kieth Richards, of the Rolling Stones, favorable reviews an album cover illustration and design created by Onli in 1978. Unfortunately it was determined the illustration would have been censored based on the standards of that era. Art is about looking and thinking. It is about seeing and feeling.  It is also about appreciation and ownership.
This  interchange of esthetics and symbolism is supported by Onli's signature command of design aspects and concepts within the possibilities of the picture's plane. He explodes various art traditions with a growing life long desire to master the craft of artmaking. Technique in the service of content and concept.
"Danse of the 911 Phoenix" was started on 9/12/2001. Onli was sheduled to paint in public at the former Divine Alchemy Art Gallery in Saugatuck Michigan for publicity. The events in New York, the day before, greatly effected Onli, as it did poeple around the world. This resulted in a Rhythmistic 40"H X 30"W acrylic painting of an iconic Phoenix dancing on a distorted Tao. Surrounded by 11 spirits. Engulfed in flame and ash. Sporting patriotic colors. A flame yet dedicated to its renewal. Joined in an act of Speak No, Heed No, and Seek No evil.  
Year of the Ram
Year of the Ox
Year of the Horse

"Birds of Paradise" Oils on canvas. 44H" X 32"W

This is the middle panel-canvas from the triptych "As the Sirens Sweetly Sang".
"Rhythmistic Residency: The re-contextualizing of selected world cultural icons will be the focus of 
Prof. Turtel Onli's 2020 Summer residency in Chicago at the Hyde Park Art Center. 

Onli is restoring his Rhythmistic future-primitif textile-quilt collection in collaboration with the master quilter Patrick Whalen of the Quilter's Apochetary of the Arts District of Michigan City, Ind. These museum quality wall hangings were impacted by a destructive studio fire in 2001. Most were lost or damaged.  Now he has decided to restore and extend the collection beyond its original glory after meeting Patrick and witnessing the amazing skills and talents he would bring to this growing body of work.

Above: Rhythmistic Baule: Onli / Whalen   Below: Patrick reviewing two more of Onli's future-primitif works.
Onli is inspecting his "Itz A  Rhythmistic World", Cool Globe Public Art, before its debut at the Museum Park campus of downtown Chicago. Cool Globes is a profound public art collection that explores ways to overcome global warming.
"KoKopelli 1" above: This icon will be the focus of a Summer 2020 Residency the prestigious Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago has offered Onli.  Its generous studio space will be where he will complete the set of four "Kokopelli's on large natural fiber fabric pieces. 

 Each will later be completed via a dynamic quilting process resulting in a powerful collaboration of ideas, traditions and skills..
"Mothers Earth" 24"H X 36"W Acrylics on museum profiled canvas illustrating twin Mother Earths showing love to their offspring.
BELOW: "Local Brewz": A triptych that is acrylics on museum profiled canvases that are about 5ftH X 2ftW each, as a playful look at how creativity, culture & commerce are manifested in the bubbling local brewing scene in the USA.