Do whatever you do intensely. The artist is the man who leaves the crowd and goes pioneering. With him there is an idea which is his life.

Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

 

ABOUT PAUL KIRBY

 
 
 

At this point - following my story - we've been learning about my journey to fuse art and science.

Well what is my background before this?

I have a technical background:
  ● U.C. Berkeley, B.S. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
  ● Hewlett-Packard Corporate Research Labs
  ● U.S. Air Force HRL research lab
Followed by a business background:
  ● Harvard MBA
  ● Hewlett-Packard product marketing
  ● Hill and Kirby Venture Capital Partnership

Since then, I have spent more than twenty-five years painting, studying art and developing all aspects of A. L. Productions to where it is today.

These short videos reveal not only my background and influences, they show how these elements shaped my character.

 

FIRST MEETING WITH LEONARDO DA VINCI. This is a particularly fascinating story. During a family outing to a museum in Europe, I have my first encounter with the artist and designer who will most influence my life’s work.

MY FIRST EPIPHANY - ESTHETIC AND THEORETICAL While attending the Harvard Business School, I not only absorbed foundational business concepts, I also have my first epiphany which sets the course for all that follows.

 

THE SECOND EPIPHANY - AND THE JOURNEY BEGINS While visiting a Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in Sweden and seeing the rich variety of things Leonardo was able to achieve, I have my second epiphany - leading me to start the entire process.

THE THIRD EPIPHANY - AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. Meeting with a group of at-risk teenagers leads I experience my third epiphany. This one clarifies what A. L. Productions and I are here to do.

 

DA VINCI CONTINUES TO INSPIRE Even today, Leonardo da Vinci's designs and artistic sensibilities create awe and respect. I find new inspiration and encouragement with each encounter.

MY WORKING METHOD. Following my enthusiasm.

 

You asked me “Why am I doing this?”

The answer is about the creative exploration and enjoyment of fusing art and science, for the beauty, and to see where it may lead.

It is about exploring the expression of creativity: the fusing of elegant machinery with math, science and art. It’s about a continual learning process. For me it is an artistic and fulfilling way to live a life.

 

Paul Kirby’s Oil Paintings

Along my fusioneering journey, as I was building my robot, I learned how to paint.