Penang based artist, Philip Hemnell was born in Malaysia in 1961 and pursued an academic path in engineering and finance. He has worked in finance for the last twenty-six years with excursions into filmmaking and computer animation. Throughout the years, he has remained committed to art as a passionate pastime. His style is heavily influenced by time spent in New York and Los Angeles where he lived from 1989 to 2002. There, Philip immersed himself in gallery and museum shows by artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Chuck Close, James Rosenquist, Mark Rothko, Francis Bacon and Ed Ruscha.