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Geppeto's Aquarium by right-angle Geppeto's Aquarium :iconright-angle:right-angle 398 26 another dream by illdispose another dream :iconilldispose:illdispose 762 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.

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Environment Wip09 by yongs Environment Wip09 :iconyongs:yongs 1,936 75 Comes The Night by HalTenny Comes The Night :iconhaltenny:HalTenny 689 108 Not A Perfect Storm by HalTenny Not A Perfect Storm :iconhaltenny:HalTenny 52 11 between spark by Kitsune--Yami between spark :iconkitsune--yami:Kitsune--Yami 827 32 cosmic horizon by noneOfUs cosmic horizon :iconnoneofus:noneOfUs 1,111 83 The Cloud by A2Matos The Cloud :icona2matos:A2Matos 129 30 Into The Night by Nelleke Into The Night :iconnelleke:Nelleke 1,244 55 The Lifeless Silhouette by DrHouse88 The Lifeless Silhouette :icondrhouse88:DrHouse88 204 8 4257 by rawdigitalmedia 4257 :iconrawdigitalmedia:rawdigitalmedia 7 1 8278 by rawdigitalmedia 8278 :iconrawdigitalmedia:rawdigitalmedia 7 0 Not.Winter 12 by HorstSchmier Not.Winter 12 :iconhorstschmier:HorstSchmier 26 16 Red Bog by mooreartist Red Bog :iconmooreartist:mooreartist 14 1 Horizon Fires by mooreartist Horizon Fires :iconmooreartist:mooreartist 19 3 Gusty by mooreartist Gusty :iconmooreartist:mooreartist 22 1 Estuary by mooreartist Estuary :iconmooreartist:mooreartist 130 20 New York by nicolasjolly New York :iconnicolasjolly:nicolasjolly 975 79

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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scheinbar Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday, dear Darren :iconcakeplz:
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tholang Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2018
Happy Birthday Darren! 
DasGhul Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2018   General Artist
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augenweide Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
all the best Darren !
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