Born in Oldham 20 May 1949, David Atack was educated at Manchester Grammar, took a foundation course at Ashton-under-Lyne, then qualified at the Central School of Art and Design in London. His first one-man show was in Hampstead in 1976, and his full-length portrait of Robert Rooke was shown at the National Portrait Gallery in 1982. Further one-man shows in Edinburgh and London, and the showing of “The Jazz Pianist” at the Royal Festival Hall, led to commissions to paint Vice-Chancellors and Chancellors for UMIST, and the universities of North London, Westminster and Bradford. A commitment to portraiture, combined with figurative and abstract work, was recognised by the award of an Honorary Master of Science from UMIST in 1997 and election as Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2001.
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