Interviewing Ibby Ibrahim, Kaleidoscope winner

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An a-peeling piece of art

Ibby is an artist who has been painting, drawing, sculpting and dabbling in photography and videography since 2011 at Scope’s St Albans campus, and more recently at the Footscray Community Arts Centre. This year, he was selected as the winner of Scope’s Kaleidoscope art prize for his painting Fruit and Flower Symbols and presented at the 2016 Annual Awards.

Painting titled Fruit and Flower Symbols by Ibby Ibrahim
Fruit and Flower Symbols’ by Ibby Ibrahim – First Prize winner of Scope’s Kaleidoscope art competition

Kaleidoscope is a Scope initiative that creates opportunities for artists with a disability to develop their talents and showcase their work.

When Ibby decided to enter Scope’s Kaleidoscope art prize, he chose the subject matter of fruit on a colourful floral tablecloth. “I thought it would be a lovely picture and my art teacher was encouraging me to try different textures and designs” he explained.

Ibby’s use of vivid, bright colours and his two-dimensional representation of the fruit has a Picasso-esque cubist style. Ibby’s piece focuses on the intricacy of each fruit’s skin and has deconstructed each watermelon seed, grape pearl and pineapple spur to its simplest shape and form. The vibrant fruit starkly contrasts the repetitive pattern of the tablecloth upon which the fruit sits, and pops in front of the peach backdrop which holds its own interest with a thousand multicoloured dots and cerulean blue patterned lines. “I like the different colours, textures and ways I can express myself as I reflect on myself and the environment”.

Ibby loves to share positivity and excitement through his art, and focuses his works around the things that make him happy – like the AFL (specifically the Western Bulldogs). Ibby has also developed some self-portraits that have helped him express his emotions and reflect on different periods of his life.

Self-portrait of artist, Ibby Ibrahim
Self-portrait of artist, Ibby Ibrahim

When asked why Ibby’s painting was declared the winner of Kaleidoscope’s art prize, one of the judges, Catherine Martin stated “What makes this a prize winner is the wonderful way in which Ibby has found and developed a unique voice and made the still-life painting genre his own, which is a great achievement. His accomplished use of various pattern and mark-making devices, resolution of composition and vibrant, complex colour orchestration are all strengths of this work.”

Ibby’s work sat pride of place amongst the other Top 12 Finalists at Scope’s Annual General Meeting at Melbourne Park’s Function Centre where the winner was announced by Jenny Fitzgerald, Scope CEO and Mark Burrowes

Ibby stole the show as he approached the stage, riling the crowd to applaud him louder and louder as he received his award.

Ibby Ibrahim pictured with his award
Ibby Ibrahim after being awarded the winner of the Kaleidoscope prize at Scope’s Annual Awards

When asked how Ibby felt when he found out that he won the Kaleidoscope art prize, Ibby stated quite in a matter-of-fact “I enjoy winning. Love art” – and as somebody so artistic and talented, who wouldn’t?

If you’d like to find out how you can get involved in next year’s Kaleidoscope art competition, contact CIRC at or 03 9843 2000.