Driss Ouadahi, 'Veduta', 2015, Oil on canvas, 150 x 180 cm, Courtesy of Caroline Pagès Gallery
Driss Ouadahi, 'Veduta', 2015, Oil on canvas, 150 x 180 cm, Courtesy of Caroline Pagès Gallery 

Building on strategies of architecture and painting, Driss Ouadahi’s abstract compositions feature grid patterns with a density that evokes the tightly woven networks of high-rise urban housing, subways and fences. In an attempt to capture the spirit and movement of the multi-tiered built environment, Ouadahi builds a hybrid visual language, blending structured drawing and painting, where the vibrations of light and chromatic richness constitute a break with the rigidity and monotony of the structures. Large brush-strokes give volume and depth to the repetitive geometry in highly colourful compositions, creating a surface that is at once attractive and impenetrable— leaving one wondering about life behind these walls.

Solo exhibitions of Oudahi’s have been shown in San Franciso, USA (2016); Lisbon, Portugal (2013); and Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2012). In 2014, he received the Léopold Sédar Senghor Grand Prix at the Dakar Biennale and his work was featured in the 54th Biennale di Venezia (2011).