Driss Ouadahi’s large formal landscapes are montages of spaces and places he knows, with human-scale details often omitted. The colourful grid pattern that persistently appears in the foreground creates a barrier between the viewer and the background architectural elements captured in his paintings, which then seem totally isolated. His labyrinthine layering of planes creates space and perspective that is both familiar and confusing. The accuracy in Ouadahi's execution belies the fragility of the structures he paints.
Among other urban themes, Ouadahi is interested in the HLM (housing with moderated rent) buildings that have been developed in the suburbs of cities in Algeria and France. Made of huge blocks of concrete in the shape of massive bars or high towers, this urban model is now considered both as an architectural failure, and as a social issue, as it isolates and discriminates a part of the population – usually the poorer classes. Yet at the same time Ouadahi’s landscape have a paradoxical beauty.