Jean Lahoud's graphic paintings take abstract techniques and apply them to what he describes as “twisted realism.” This aptly-named style displays influence from traditional and indigenous artwork, Lahoud's architectural background, and a variety of modern art disciplines. The often chaotic paintings reflect this cosmopolitan influence, with Lahoud's bold and dramatic linework providing structure to the expressionist textures and fields of color. Additional contrasts between visible brushstrokes and intricate designs hint at collage and mixed media, as well as an almost punk sensibility.
In line with his paintings' more chaotic elements, Lahoud tends towards a colorful palette. Earth tones and organic bluish greens predominate, with frequent touches of vibrant oranges and reds standing out among them. Like his immaculate lines, Lahoud's colors are often separated with a razor-edged border with little blending, adding to the sense of rigidity and structure. This take on geometry tempers the cubist deconstructions and helps ground the paintings in Lahoud's subject matter. With these deconstructed but organic forms, Lahoud is able to capture the often chaotic nature of day-to-day life.