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Tribulation by arctoa, literature

De Profundis by arctoa, literature

The Rut by arctoa, literature

The Messenger by arctoa, literature

Flatliners by arctoa, literature

Shipwrecked by arctoa, literature

Down the Memory Hole by arctoa, literature

Hangatyr by arctoa, literature

Catalept by arctoa, literature

Sirens by arctoa, literature

Artist // Student // Photography
  • Nov 23, 1985
  • United Kingdom
  • Deviant for 17 years
  • He / Him
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My Bio

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

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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