Chief Operating Artist: Turtel Onli M.A.A.T.
The visual arts are ready for growth in the application and dialogue between the client's needs and the studio's practice. Great design is when you move the measure of expression and appeal forward. My "Reign of Rhythmism" and other practices like it may prove to be assets in the future practices of design and art. “This work has been influenced by everything and will continue to be.
You will enjoy our work.”
ONLI STUDIOS works with a growing staff of free-lancers, contractors & interns to create, design and
sell fine art services and products.
About the Artist:
The studio's founder, Onli, is a creative artist whose career has touched upon a variety of disciplines in fine and applied visual art. He has been an art therapist, educator, and illustrator. He has also distinguished himself in painting, drawing, illustration, publishing, fashion, and multimedia production. This includes an extensive exhibition and publication record. He is known for having coined the term Rhythmistic to interpret his approach which fuses primitive and futuristic concepts in a contemporary context. This resulted in a positive client history, solo exhibitions, lectures, presentations, and publications.
Onli is an advocate for bringing graphic novels to the classroom. He was a designer and illustrator for educational publishers such as The Singer Society For Visual Education and Holt, Rinehart & Winston. He transitioned from contributing to educational products, to using them in the classroom along with sitting on committees to decide which products to purchase for elementary schools, high schools and colleges.
Now he is bringing that expertise to providing ONLI STUDIOS' services and products.
Onli earned a BFA in Art Education and MAAT in Art Therapy from the elite School of the Art Institute of Chicago which included studies in Paris France at the Sorbonne and the Centre Pompidou. He has work in the collections of The Cool Globes Public Art Exhibition, The Chicago Children’s Museum, The Dusable Museum, The Lambiek Data base, The Johnson Publishing Company, along with freelance illustrations for Playboy, Chicago magazine, the Rolling Stones, McDonalds, Motown, MODE Avant Garde Magazine, the Paris Metro Magazine, and Holt, Rinehart, & Winston.
He is a retired Chicago Public School Art Educator and Coach.
Awards & Honors:
Onli has received many awards including Honorable Mention in the Salon Show at the Munster Center for Visual and Performing Art and the Prix Arts Electronica, a Laureate in the Concours des Dessin with the Foyer Internationale Accueil de Paris. Onliis a regular Visiting Artist at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a three time solo exhibitor at the ETA Creative Arts Foundation in Chicago. In 2006 during the ECBACC program at Temple University Onli received a Life Time Achievement Award for his work to bring positive diverse images to the world of Graphic Novels and Comic Books.
Recently he curated a major museum type exhibition featuring the visionary charts created by his late grandfather, the Rev. Samuel David Phillips, and Onli’s own Rhythmistic paintings. This show was called, “An Artistic and Spiritual Legacy”and was presented at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster Indiana. He was a regular participant n the School of the Art Institute’s annual Alumni fundraiser, Bare walls! Onli taught at Columbia College and is an adjunctive Professor of Art Appreciation & Drawing at the Harold Washington College, Chicago IL.
Our focus is to grow the reach and impact of ONLI STUDIOS by providing you and yours with the best Rhythmistic fine and commercial art possible.