Unix Gallery

Desire Obtain Cherish    

alias Jonathan Paul     

b. 1975, California 

“Ideas win today in our society. [...] I ingest, then digest. Art is really just a mirror of ourselves.” - Desire Obtain Cherish

Since his emergence as street artist in the early 2000s, Desire Obtain Cherish (DOC) has become known as pop sculptor working across a wide variety of different media and a combination of styles including street, pop, conceptual and appropriation art. His controversial art work explores contemporary desires and obsessions with sex, gender, drugs, commerce, media and fame. Transporting controversial, satirical messages, Desire’s vibrantly colorful, entertaining and impeccably produced art exposes society’s inability to control itself and examines the commercial promise of fulfillment and happiness that ends in dependency.

Meant to have an impact on its audience, DOC employs sarcasm to tackle and provoke society’s value system. Aiming to avoid the conventional, stereotypical standards of “good taste” in art, his ideas are more in line with contemporary commerce and marketing methods than traditional artisan methods.The esteemed New Yorker art critic Benjamin Genocchio characterized DOC’s work as “not malicious, even if his works cut to the bone. He is more like our social conscience, delivering up uncomfortable and unpleasant truths wrapped in the most beautiful and seductive of packages.”

Born in 1975 in Salinas, California, DOC graduated from the nationally acclaimed Parson’s School of Design with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. Since his debut in a street-art gallery in Los Angeles (2011), he has risen to prestigious solo shows worldwide., His work has propelled with unusual fervor amid collectors and the public respectively.

DOC lives and works in Los Angeles.

July, 2014

Marie Claire (August Issue)

"Hot Angleles"


May 30, 2014

The Washington Times

"NYC Artists Find Half the Battle is Studio Rent" 

May 19, 2014

New York Post

"Owners Reinvent Lobbies as Art Spaces" by Lois Weiss

May 2014

RIM Media

"Exhibition for This Week: Desire Obtain Cherish"

April 28, 2014

Pheonix Mars

"Desire Obtain Cherish - We Are Known by the Company We Keep" by Pheonix Mars

April 14, 2014

What's Up Miami (WUM)

"The Charity Museum Foundation, First Non-profit Charity Originating from a For-profit Gallery" by Jesus Manuel Rojas Torres

April 1 , 2014


"Artist Desire Obtain Cherish (D.O.C.) Takes Aim At the Art World"

March 27, 2014


"Desire Obtain Cherish at UNIX Gallery" by Tal Drori

March 12, 2014

Modern Life Magazine

"We Are Known by the Company We Keep; Solo Show by D.O.C."

February 11, 2014

Fahrenheit Magazine 

"Desire Obtain Cherish: Art with Good Taste"

February 6, 2014

The City Loves You

"TCLY En Zona Maco 2014" by Baby Solís

January 2, 2014

Juxtapoz Magazine

"Desire Obtain Cherish"

September 22, 2013

Avelina Lésper 

"El Arte Se Hace Un Lifting" by Avelina Lésper

April 10, 2013

Huffington Post

"Scope -- Desire Obtaine Cherish: Drugs, Fame, and Art" by Lisa Derrick

March 20, 2013

Blouin Art Info

"Desire Obtain Cherish's “#undertheinfluence” Channels L.A.'s Dissolute Soul," by Benjamin Genocchio

March 15, 2013

L.A. Times

"L.A. Artist Desire Obtain Cherish Opens #undertheinfluence Exhibition," by Lydia O'Connor 

March 6, 2013


"Desire Obtain Cherish: #undertheinfluence," by  G. James Daichendt

March 4, 2013


"Desire Obtain Cherish Solo Los Angeles Exhibition at KM Fine Arts"


My Tribeca Loft

The Ultimate Luxury in New York

"Master Quarter"  


December 16, 2012

"Designer Drugs by Desire Obtain Cherish by Ioannis

 Desire Obtain Cherish : Always Forever Now


Desire Obtain Cherish : "Jimi Purple Haze" 


Desire Obtain Cherish : Billboard Hijack


Desire Obtain Cherish : Monster Martini 


Desire Obtain Cherish : First the Pixie, Then the Dust


Desire Obtain Cherish : Side Show HD


Desire Obtain Cherish : Side Show





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Desire Obtain Cherish