DESIRE OBTAIN CHERISH - #undertheinfluence

  You are invited to join LA-based artist
at the opening reception for his debute solo exhibition.
10% from each sale will benefit Friendly House.

Desire Obtain Cherish aka Jonathan Paul blends 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, explores contemporary obsessions with sex, desire, drugs, gender, celebrity, media, commerce and fame.


Portion of an essay by G. James Daichendt, Ed.D titled "Art is Not Safe" cited the following: "Paul's pseudonym Desire Obtain Cherish conveys the intent of his art and the subject of ridicule. Essentially the three stages of consumerism, the artist evoke this process from his audience while at the same critiquing it. Once can see this in his Gucci Handcuffs or sets of designer pills featuring the logos of Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Hermes. Brands that we are taught to desire, obtain, and cherish - creating detailed and beautifully crafted objects with a subversive edge. Ultimately this places the viewer in a moral conundrum for enabling the very thing they are critical of desiring.


A graduate of Parson's School of Design, highly educated in art theory, Paul credits his education in an ad agency for helping him understand real work and people. These are concepts that the art world has eradicated with the advent of modernism and through the development of art in the 20th and 21st century.


Paul has elevated this craft to an art and is clearly influenced by masters like Roy Lichtenstein and Claus Oldenburg, but it's perhaps more appropriate to compare his recent Blow Pop sculptures and Hershey Crosses to the irony of Jeff Koons mixed with accessibility and humor of Banksy.


Through the name Desire Obtain Cherish, Jonathan Paul is challenging assumptions and cultural markers using populist imagery in a subversive manner. Whether it's unhealthy food options, world politics, or illegal advertising, engaging his art only provokes this dialogue and raises awareness to what we desire."


KM Fine Arts
814 North La Cienega, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Info@kmfinearts or call 310.854.0540
  • Date:Tuesday, April 30, 2013
  • Event: 7:00pm
  • Location:
    814 North La Cienega, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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