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A Moment From Different Angles
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Coming Down The Mountain
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Surtr
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55.05'N, 01.45'W
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Reclamation
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Looking Outside Inside
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Dead Air Space
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The Washout
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Hiatus
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Ocean View
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A Moment From Different Angles
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Coming Down The Mountain
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Surtr
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Dead Air Space
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55.05'N, 01.45'W
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Reclamation
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Looking Outside Inside
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The Washout
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Hiatus
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Ocean View
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Tribulation
Tomorrow is nowhere, torn across the Perseid night in a blind cascade of lost-frame starfall. Tomorrow is nowhere, a mantra of spools unwound and floundered reels whose trails Spread a constellation across the abyssal anamnesis of loss - Memory veils long-shorn of horizon in the mourning. Tomorrow is nowhere.
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De Profundis
Lungspun tales splinter an orbit through novae exhalation: An ephemeral starry-sky parallax that blinks out a static metronome halt - Bound beneath waveform oscillation and broken-bow temple oblivion.
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The Rut
Distance dissolves into dissonance in grey-dawn daylight, A plaintive picture painted with dust and the rains which run rivers of rust through nowhere-roads Ad Nauseum: Static-sick and stuck in a circle-loop rut like hemp caught tight around collars Strung up on the Tyburn Tree and left with the crows Of revenance.
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The Messenger
Launch my satellite into star-field starburst substrata; A supernova Flowering in the silence stretched thin between distant Earths along the super-string. I am the collapse both before and thereafter, caught in moments compressed in tunnels By Krasnikov.
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Flatliners
Morning bell: a novae chime paradigm hammerblow to tension-head gravity-well Temples That collapse in chaos toward zero-point data-loss paradox pulled far beyond Event Horizon Flatline____________________________
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Shipwrecked
Substring sonority Replicant diaphone call pressed through dead air space Between waves and the hours unwound in down and cotton-mouth swan-song: Time is tied in knots around ankles cold and caught in the undertow.
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Down the Memory Hole
Lost love letters from former London litter a funereal paper constellation As landfill martyrs burnt and buried like Thames bridges left in the undertow: Dragged substrata in pressure mines of war and famine before the Ministry Inkwell crematoria kingdoms of rust. In Bbrother we trust, adrift on Airstrip1.
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Hangatyr
Circle the sky with a serpent-tongue twister -caught tall and coiled taut through the carbon-knot clouds of Midgard. Shiver the stock with a shadow-wraith whisper -and stars will cascade a coda from cold boughs in free-fall: The world-tree is wilting, bowed with burnt rope and the Hangatýr.
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Catalept
Darkness is discord and decay: an adumbrate stretched taut across strata long-sunken in static ion dissonance. Parallels collapse in the cataract- avalanche of angles cracked in cold-sweat panic attacks. Spectres splinter and spill a symbol code: Ciphers scratch-scrawled upon tape and stuck fast to tangled tongues caught silent in catalepsy: buried under umbrage Behind the wall of sleep.
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Sirens
"Hope is a place," He said. "Long-lost in the space between stars and the skyline Of cities, so shadow-scarred and tarred by trail-stretched wire wound tight toward the horizon That you can't even imagine what love we have lost along the highway." "Headlights wax and wane a wash against my windscreen," He said. "They're waves upon which I can watch the patterns of pressure-tides rolling on as rush-hour reels: broken wheels wrenched in a stop-motion revenance in red." "We'll choke cold in this caldera," He said. "Caught supine beneath the saturnine street-light, and the fireflies Cast ablaze amidst the wreckage
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Geppeto's Aquarium
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another dream
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Lost in clouds
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Frostbite
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Float On
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Chouette Ta Caisse
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La Qualite
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The world in monochrome .34.
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Written in the stars
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Mezzogiorno
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Nous ne pouvons donner suite a votre commande
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Monument
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european cul de sac
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Artist // Student // Photography
  • Nov 23, 1985
  • United Kingdom
  • Deviant for 14 years
  • He / Him
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My Bio


Statement:
D.R.F. Shields, working under the alias arctoa, is a Newcastle-born artist specialising in abstractions of photography and literature. Drawing from a wide range of influence and inspiration, his work revolves around the aspect of passing time; of dreams; of memory, and the disassociation of perception and reality therein.


Education & Experience:
2007-2008 - Photographic Assistant, SE Photography
Location assistance, Digital processing, Assignment work

2008-2010 - Part-time Student, Newcastle College
BTEC National Diploma in Photography, Triple Distinction grade

2012-2013 - Gallery Director, deviantART.com
Community Volunteer for Abstract and Surreal Photography


Group Exhibitions:
February 2009: Up/Down
One90 Building, High Holborn, London, UK

June 2010: ND Graduate Show
Newcastle College, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

June 2011: Northern Aspects
Hatton Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

August 2011: Fragments
St. Mary's Lighthouse, Whitley Bay, UK

November 2011: Northern Vision
Great North Museum, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

March 2012: A Collection of Artworks
Citibase Building, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

November 2012: An Exhibition of Small Works
Great North Museum, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

June 2013: Summer Exhibition
Hatton Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

December 2013: Christmas Exhibition of Small Works
Great North Museum, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

September 2014: 2014 Exhibition
Hatton Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK


Articles & Features:
June 2007 - deviantART Daily Deviation
May 2008 - deviantART Daily Deviation
January 2009 - deviantART Daily Deviation
November 2009 - Fotoritim Magazine feature
November 2010 - deviantART Daily Deviation
August 2014 - deviantART Daily Deviation
May 2016 - deviantART Daily Deviation


Collaborations & Commissions:
March 2010: collaboration - Shipwreck/Consequence
Work produced in conjunction with Cyril Berthault-Jacquier

April 2011: commission: Psy-Chi - 'Chasing The Static'
Work used as cover-art by Psy-Chi and Remedy Records

April 2013: commission: Dorian Marko - 'Ghost In The Machine'
Work used as cover-art and video material by Dorian Marko

October 2013: collaboration: Catalept
Work invited to dlgrphy project by Farhad Bahram


Favourite Visual Artist
Robert Frank, Andreas Gursky, Hengki Koentjoro, Oscar-Claude Monet, Mark Rothko, J.M.W. Turner
Favourite Movies
Blade Runner, Children of Men, Das Lieben der Anderen, Everything is Illuminated, Fight Club, Inception, Interstellar, O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias, Pi
Favourite TV Shows
Battlestar Galactica, Blackadder Goes Forth, Life on Mars, Mr. Robot, Person of Interest, The Hour, The Man in the High Castle, The West Wing
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Altar of Plagues, Caspian, Cult of Luna, Isis, Jakob, Lantlôs, Mogwai, Mono, Radiohead, Russian Circles, This Will Destroy You, Ulver
Favourite Books
Brave New World, Il Pendolo di Foucault, Night Watch, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Odýsseia, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Favourite Writers
Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Christopher Brookmyre, Aldous Huxley, China Miéville, George Orwell, Terry Pratchett, Alastair Reynolds
Favourite Games
Bioshock, Civilization, Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis, Fallout, Grand Theft Auto, Mass Effect, The Elder Scrolls

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arctoaStudent Photographer
You're most welcome.
valkeaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks for the favs, pal! :) 
arctoaStudent Photographer
You're most welcome. I appreciate you taking the time to look through my own work, too.
rollarius55Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot, Darren!:thumbsup:

Mountain woods I by rollarius55
arctoaStudent Photographer
You're most welcome.