Born and raised in Los Angeles, from the rough realities of South Central and Ingelwood to the media centers of Sherman Oaks and Universal City, the roots of an artist were formed. Raised by a single mother, Thelma Proby Thomas, who pressed him to value his creativity, Jonathan has grasped the reins of his relentless spiritual and political evolution and delivered the artistic zeitgeist of our modern tumultuous era.
Through archetypal, symbolic representation, almost Tarot like, RawTheory weaves a tapestry of occult insights and socio-political commentary that forces its will onto the viewer. Layers of meaning flash before the minds eye and only those with a passion for the multi-dimensional will penetrate them all.
His goal is to challenge and enlighten others to both the material and immaterial realities that govern and guide, that burden and destroy. He recognizes that Truth is rarely pleasant, but in its scorching light, the detritus of delusion and fear can burn away and help us forge a future where genuine creativity is valued, where we can make American Art and Culture great again.
This piece’s artist, Jon Pro, wanted to place everyone he believed to be a key player in American political culture into the same image.
Elsewhere, Oakland-based artist Jonathan Proby contributed a satirical family portrait of Republicans vs. Democrats, "Rise of the Republic." It showcased Hillary and other liberals in front of an urban dystopia while a waving American flag framed Trump as he gave a thumbs up.
KQED reached out to Proby to find out about the underpinnings of his process and political message, as well as hear about what it’s like to be a right-wing artist in left-leaning Oakland.
The series also highlights examples of Trump cast in a positive light. In a piece titled "Great Again," artist Jon Proby of Oakland, California, depicts the President holding up the Statue of Liberty's arm. The piece is meant to "celebrate Trump's victory by showcasing him supporting Liberty while highlighting the role memeology and Christianity played in his voter base," he told CNN.
Interview with Tommy Sotomayor