49 Geary Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108
Blow Pops Array
4' H x 30" diameter and 26" H x 11" diameter
UV Cast Resin
Series of 10
Red, Blue, & Pink SOLD OUT in 4' H x 30" D
LA-based artist Desire Obtain Cherish (DOC), aka Jonathan Paul, was born in 1975 in Salinas, California. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) at Parson’s School of Design.
Since his emergence as a street artist in the 2000s, DOC has blended the concerns and methods of street, pop, conceptual and appropriation art with popular culture to create his own unique satirical message. His work, though often controversial, is always engaging, and explores contemporary obsessions with sex, desire, drugs, gender, celebrity, media, commerce and fame.
Desire Obtain Cherish often directs the creation of his own work, insisting his ideas are more in line with contemporary commerce methods than traditional artisan methods. DOC claims, “Ideas win today in our society. It’s not anything new. I ingest, then digest. Art is really just a mirror or ourselves.”
DOC’s artwork rarely inspires moderate responses, an indication of his achievements’ importance. With DOC focusing on some of the most banal objects as models, his works avoid typical standards of “good taste” in art, and instead focus on the vulnerabilities of hierarchies and value systems. DOC’s work “reflects a darker, albeit more humorous slant on middle-class American values versus a spiritual or expressive essence of a highly individual artist.”
2011 Desire Obtain Cherish First Solo Show at Lab Art, L.A.
2012 Desire Obtain Cherish Solo Show at Unix, Miami
2013 #undertheinfluence, KM Fine Arts, L.A.
2013 #sideeffects, The McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco