Artist Engineers Whimsical Farm Machinery Art
Known around Santa Barbara in his dark jean overalls, Kyle Allan, a participant with UCP WORK, Inc. since 1990, was taught to draw by his father where he grew up on an 9-acre alfalfa farm in Blythe, California,
Kyle remembers when WORK, Inc. was located in the building on Gutierrez and State, a vocational training and rehabilitation program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. There he learned mostly assembly work, but his true passion has always been in the fine arts. He loves to draw farm machinery and make clay tiles of Santa Barbara landmarks, and fortunately, Kyle gets to do it all at Santa Barbara Art Works (SBAW), a professional art studio and gallery offered to artists, like Kyle, through the support services of UCP WORK, Inc. At SBAW, Kyle takes art classes three times a week and works on building his art portfolio. Additionally, he has learned how to market and commission his own work, some of which have sold to downtown offices.
Kyle’s artwork can be described as whimsical and truly one-of-a-kind. In his early years, he started with pencil drawings of trucks, then evolved to tractors rendered in pen and ink. As his designs began to evolve, he added color, patterns, and backgrounds, created solely from his imagination. “I sometimes use toy models to get the basic look of the truck, but then I like to fill it in and color-code the engine fuel injectors, so that I know which goes to which.” Kyle's talent is engineering each tractor so that no two are alike, plus he can tell the viewer exactly what each mechanical part can do. When asked how he knows so much about farm machinery, Kyle replied, “I used to drive tractors and take apart mowers. We had a Massey Ferguson 1655 Garden tractor…biggest one around…I fixed that one."
What: 1st Thursday, “The Whimsical World of Kyle Allan Designs”, Art Exhibition & Reception
When: Thursday, August 1, 2019; 5:00 - 8:00PM.
Where: Santa Barbara Art Works, 28 E. Victoria St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
What: In collaboration with Downtown Santa Barbara 1st Thursday’s Art Gallery Events, Santa Barbara Art Works presents, “The Whimsical World of Kyle Allan Designs”, a Summer Art Collection of original, whimsical, design drawings from the creative imagination of resident artist, Kyle Allan. On display and for purchase will be Kyle Allan’s drawings from as far back as 40 years. The event will be serving sangria, snacks provided by local sponsors, Pacific Pickle Works and Mesa Salsa Company, and music by local vocalist, Beau Wilding.
Santa Barbara Art Works mission is encouraging creativity and professional growth for aspiring artists with disabilities. While building awareness about disabilities and inclusion, Santa Barbara Art Works hopes to break down barriers for people with disabilities, so that its participants are encouraged everyday, working towards finding their voice and employment in the arts industry. Santa Barbara Art Works is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 4:00pm, and welcomes artists from the community to collaborate on exhibits and teach classes.