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Geppeto's Aquarium by right-angle Geppeto's Aquarium :iconright-angle:right-angle 403 26 another dream by illdispose another dream :iconilldispose:illdispose 765 76 wire by Anti-Pati-ya wire :iconanti-pati-ya:Anti-Pati-ya 632 27 61 by ayla-es 61 :iconayla-es:ayla-es 483 42 Lost in clouds by iLoran Lost in clouds :iconiloran:iLoran 404 45 ice by Teyvilin ice :iconteyvilin:Teyvilin 715 31 100813 by Adrienneknott 100813 :iconadrienneknott:Adrienneknott 271 43 Frostbite by DismayedSense Frostbite :icondismayedsense:DismayedSense 283 38 Float On by ifsantag Float On :iconifsantag:ifsantag 569 132 Bbz by jarrod343 Bbz :iconjarrod343:jarrod343 537 23 Autumn by superflyninja Autumn :iconsuperflyninja:superflyninja 445 36 :: valet parking :: by CoryVarcoe :: valet parking :: :iconcoryvarcoe:CoryVarcoe 493 131 BlackWhite - 16 by RanMoneta BlackWhite - 16 :iconranmoneta:RanMoneta 464 25 migration -3 by cangurgel migration -3 :iconcangurgel:cangurgel 234 26 Snowbound by Poromaa Snowbound :iconporomaa:Poromaa 382 55 Good evening by Aloony89 Good evening :iconaloony89:Aloony89 468 38

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

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Carreg Bica by Eukendei Carreg Bica :iconeukendei:Eukendei 26 7 alles ist Blatt ... by VisitingFahrrad alles ist Blatt ... :iconvisitingfahrrad:VisitingFahrrad 51 13 passed me by by VisitingFahrrad passed me by :iconvisitingfahrrad:VisitingFahrrad 47 8 end of journey by VisitingFahrrad end of journey :iconvisitingfahrrad:VisitingFahrrad 39 9 Maldonne by siamesesam Maldonne :iconsiamesesam:siamesesam 34 2 Buhnen pt. II by Gehoersturz Buhnen pt. II :icongehoersturz:Gehoersturz 278 35 who knows ... by Gehoersturz who knows ... :icongehoersturz:Gehoersturz 196 0 winter pt. III by Gehoersturz winter pt. III :icongehoersturz:Gehoersturz 102 26 Gespensterwald by Gehoersturz Gespensterwald :icongehoersturz:Gehoersturz 152 19 20140904 181924 by KseniaMaytama 20140904 181924 :iconkseniamaytama:KseniaMaytama 17 2 Red lights by BlueColoursOfNature Red lights :iconbluecoloursofnature:BlueColoursOfNature 51 4 Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile by BlueColoursOfNature Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile :iconbluecoloursofnature:BlueColoursOfNature 221 22 Bokeh Lover by BlueColoursOfNature Bokeh Lover :iconbluecoloursofnature:BlueColoursOfNature 83 8 Reflection by BlueColoursOfNature Reflection :iconbluecoloursofnature:BlueColoursOfNature 251 34 Postcard from China 15 by JACAC Postcard from China 15 :iconjacac:JACAC 114 32 cello by BelcyrPiotr cello :iconbelcyrpiotr:BelcyrPiotr 55 0

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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