Driss Ouadahi, Breach I, 2016, Oil on canvas, 220 x 180 cm. Courtesy the artist and Lawrie Shabibi
Driss Ouadahi, Breach I, 2016, Oil on canvas, 220 x 180 cm. Courtesy the artist and Lawrie Shabibi  

Driss Ouadahi’s abstract compositions feature grid patterns with a density that evokes the tightly woven networks of high-rise urban housing projects, subways and fences. He paints works of paradoxical beauty using their stark urbanism as his springboard. 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.

Recent solo exhibitions include Transposition, Caroline Pagès Gallery, Lisbon (2016) and Breach in the Silence, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco (2016). In 2014 he won the Grand Prix Léopold Sédar Senghor Prize at the 11th edition of Dak’Art – Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar. Ouadahi’s work is held in several public collections including FRAC Centre, Orléans; Herbert-Weisenburger-Stiftung, Rastatt; Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf; Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah and Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Istanbul.