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Daily Deviations

Geppeto's Aquarium by right-angle Geppeto's Aquarium :iconright-angle:right-angle 398 26 another dream by illdispose another dream :iconilldispose:illdispose 763 76 wire by Anti-Pati-ya wire :iconanti-pati-ya:Anti-Pati-ya 628 27 61 by ayla-es 61 :iconayla-es:ayla-es 481 42 Lost in clouds by iLoran Lost in clouds :iconiloran:iLoran 400 45 ice by Teyvilin ice :iconteyvilin:Teyvilin 711 31 100813 by Adrienneknott 100813 :iconadrienneknott:Adrienneknott 270 43 Frostbite by DismayedSense Frostbite :icondismayedsense:DismayedSense 282 38 Float On by ifsantag Float On :iconifsantag:ifsantag 565 132 Bbz by jarrod343 Bbz :iconjarrod343:jarrod343 530 23 Autumn by superflyninja Autumn :iconsuperflyninja:superflyninja 443 36 :: valet parking :: by CoryVarcoe :: valet parking :: :iconcoryvarcoe:CoryVarcoe 492 131 BlackWhite - 16 by RanMoneta BlackWhite - 16 :iconranmoneta:RanMoneta 462 25 migration -3 by cangurgel migration -3 :iconcangurgel:cangurgel 233 26 Snowbound by Poromaa Snowbound :iconporomaa:Poromaa 380 55 Good evening by Aloony89 Good evening :iconaloony89:Aloony89 467 38

A collection of Daily Deviations that I published during my twelve month term as Gallery Director for the Abstract & Surreal Photography category.

Random Favourites

disquiet eight (sine) by zeruch disquiet eight (sine) :iconzeruch:zeruch 8 2 Shadow projections by AbhishekJoshi Shadow projections :iconabhishekjoshi:AbhishekJoshi 7 3 New possibilities by AbhishekJoshi New possibilities :iconabhishekjoshi:AbhishekJoshi 10 2 At Night I Fly by Poromaa At Night I Fly :iconporomaa:Poromaa 44 6 Jumpai -East Bali by Hengki24 Jumpai -East Bali :iconhengki24:Hengki24 182 9 Spill by Hengki24 Spill :iconhengki24:Hengki24 123 7
Collapsing stars
Angel masked
Cathedral in times
Kaleidoscope in assembly's
Architects hall
Devised stolen hands of wizardry's pendulum
Comprises, encompass  the thirteenth hour
Archers pitch black night,
of whole numbers fall
Chronological orders, event horizon
Labyrinths fold of space time
Mesmerised, hypnotist
Intersect, missing in directions  
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Holding onto your breath
Burying treasures on the moon
Walking through the black
Catching stars in a butterfly net
Wondering when i'll be back,-
-or whether I ever really left
Making diamonds out of coal
As the earth shook and the night exploded
Crafted hope and wishes,-
-a fossil religion
Boarding dreams on a rocket ship,-
-made of stone
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Man in the moon
Solar corona
Lunar eclipse
Stow away in stair wells
Climbing walking under skeleton ladders
Treasure maps hidden in the stars
Unfolding, umbrellas the night
Somersaults in the acrobatic sky, of tumbling
Through labyrinths in clouds,
that clown of make belief
Of giants that live in kingdoms that defy logic and gravity
Story teller of taller tales,
of loosing yourself in a yawn
Gone to a yonder in the above
Your feet never touching the ground
When you took flight
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Ship wrecks in the sky
Sails in the clouds
Ghosts in a pipe dream
The drowning of the day
Bringing treasures in the night
Of a sailors tale
Drunk in an ocean of blue, mermaids
and hidden treasures of gold
Star maps chart the distances in between
A port of call and the sinking vessel
Of a sea sickness and fever for solid ground
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Whiskey skies
Ship wreck in a bottle
The wasting tide
Sunken treasures
In the drowning of the fallen moon
Light housed lunar landings
Sails on the crest of a wave
Slip away beneath the stars
That spawn's the night
:iconrjbg:RJBG 12 4
Against a storm by lomatic Against a storm :iconlomatic:lomatic 33 11 Metsanpeitto VIII by Mar-jus Metsanpeitto VIII :iconmar-jus:Mar-jus 88 12 Dunes by Hengki24 Dunes :iconhengki24:Hengki24 187 16 White Light by Hengki24 White Light :iconhengki24:Hengki24 157 10 Four Horsemen - The Apocalypse by Hengki24 Four Horsemen - The Apocalypse :iconhengki24:Hengki24 429 32

A vast collection of artworks and resources that I have hoarded over my eight years on the site. There is a lot of under-appreciated work here, so be sure to check some out.

Journal History


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Darren Shields
Artist | Student | Photography
United Kingdom

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,
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



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specialized666 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Professional General Artist
Amazing works, have a nice day :)
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sleurope Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2018
muito obrigado.
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Malahicha Featured By Owner May 25, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the faves
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MauraBertoia Featured By Owner May 21, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for all fav
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