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"Jim Morrison's Bet" is an impressive large portrait created of 4,700 individually wrapped pills encased in plexiglass by American artist Desire Obtain Cherish. This work measures 25.38 x 34 inches (64.5 x 86.4 cm), framed to larger dimensions, and is in excellent condition.

Desire Obtain Cherish, also known as DOC, as well as Jonathan Paul, is an Los Angeles based artist who has emerged out of the street art scene in the early 2000 and has since explored the themes of contemporary culture. Here through this intricate portrait of Jim Morrision, lead singer of the famous band The Doors, the artist depicts the obsessions of drugs, media, and popular culture. This use of pills to recreate the image of the popular icon represents the values and present day utopian ideals of the American middle-class, exposing our education to desire, to obtain, and to cherish these ultimately subversive objects.

The artist chose his name out of graduate school at Parsons School of Design to further underscore the social commentary of his art. Inspired by such artists as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons and Banksy, as well as marketing and advertisements, the artists uses symbolism through iconic objects to comment on society. Desire Obtain Cherish has exhibited at Scope International Art Show, Art Basel Miami Beach, The Palm Beach Art Fair, UNIX Fine Art gallery in Miami, with a solo show in London during the 2012 Summer Olympics, and a current solo exhibition at KM Fine Arts beginning March 15, 2013.

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Provenance:
  • Private Collection, California, US.
  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 25.38 x 34 in. (64.47 x 86.36 cm.)
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