Artist Obtain Cherish Desire
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.”??Since his first solo show at Lab Art street gallery in Los Angeles in 2011, Desire Obtain Cherish’s work has propelled with unusual fervor amid collectors and the public alike. Recent shows include Scope International Art Show at Art Basel Miami Beach, the Palm Beach Art Fair, an exhibit at UNIX Fine Art gallery in the Wynwood Arts District, the Wynwood Art Fair in Miami, and a solo show slated for the Olympics in London this summer.