John McAtamney was born in North Belfast and attended the local Edmund Rice College where he studied Advanced GNVQ in Art and Design. He enrolled on a foundation course in the same subject at the University of Ulster, but left in his first year. Having been introduced at school to artists from the surrealist movement and sculptors such as Henry Moore and F. E. McWilliam, he subsequently set out to teach himself and develop his own artistic style.
During his student days he was commissioned for a number of community workshops with children in North Belfast, and also for three restaurant interiors. As his parents are both chefs he himself took up catering and worked in kitchens for six years. Then, in 2003, while working in a local chip sho... read more