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Daily Deviations

Geppeto's Aquarium by right-angle Geppeto's Aquarium :iconright-angle:right-angle 394 26 another dream by illdispose another dream :iconilldispose:illdispose 762 76 wire by Anti-Pati-ya wire :iconanti-pati-ya:Anti-Pati-ya 621 27 61 by ayla-es 61 :iconayla-es:ayla-es 477 42 Lost in clouds by iLoran Lost in clouds :iconiloran:iLoran 398 45 ice by Teyvilin ice :iconteyvilin:Teyvilin 704 31 100813 by Adrienneknott 100813 :iconadrienneknott:Adrienneknott 267 43 Frostbite by DismayedSense Frostbite :icondismayedsense:DismayedSense 280 38 Float On by ifsantag Float On :iconifsantag:ifsantag 565 132 Bbz by jarrod343 Bbz :iconjarrod343:jarrod343 528 23 Autumn by superflyninja Autumn :iconsuperflyninja:superflyninja 441 36 :: valet parking :: by CoryVarcoe :: valet parking :: :iconcoryvarcoe:CoryVarcoe 489 131 BlackWhite - 16 by RanMoneta BlackWhite - 16 :iconranmoneta:RanMoneta 458 25 migration -3 by cangurgel migration -3 :iconcangurgel:cangurgel 231 26 Snowbound by Poromaa Snowbound :iconporomaa:Poromaa 379 55 Good evening by Aloony89 Good evening :iconaloony89:Aloony89 464 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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The Principle of by Poromaa The Principle of :iconporomaa:Poromaa 50 23 Tower of Babel by AiniTolonen Tower of Babel :iconainitolonen:AiniTolonen 114 48 Revolve by Megalithicmatt Revolve :iconmegalithicmatt:Megalithicmatt 10 2 Portrait of the artist as a flutist by StephanePellennec Portrait of the artist as a flutist :iconstephanepellennec:StephanePellennec 207 49 Diatlovitchi - Plus Que 270 Ans by siamesesam Diatlovitchi - Plus Que 270 Ans :iconsiamesesam:siamesesam 24 0 bright, bright, bright sunshiny day by bluePartout bright, bright, bright sunshiny day :iconbluepartout:bluePartout 206 67 Troubled Waters by AlexandruCrisan Troubled Waters :iconalexandrucrisan:AlexandruCrisan 55 5 Barriere by feigenfrucht Barriere :iconfeigenfrucht:feigenfrucht 53 21 Es regnet by feigenfrucht Es regnet :iconfeigenfrucht:feigenfrucht 83 14 Turn the tide by freMDart Turn the tide :iconfremdart:freMDart 123 32 Roof by takmaj Roof :icontakmaj:takmaj 1,107 94 Nestle by Hengki24 Nestle :iconhengki24:Hengki24 104 9 No. 20 by finelyfotos No. 20 :iconfinelyfotos:finelyfotos 11 2 No. 61 by finelyfotos No. 61 :iconfinelyfotos:finelyfotos 8 0 In Case You Never Felt Like Leaving Home Before by AiniTolonen In Case You Never Felt Like Leaving Home Before :iconainitolonen:AiniTolonen 100 23 Flower Eruption Wallpaper by Pierre-Lagarde Flower Eruption Wallpaper :iconpierre-lagarde:Pierre-Lagarde 56 21

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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Thanks for everything! thanks Thanks for everything!    Peace and Love by KmyGraphic
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Darren as always many thanks for the fave ad :D
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Thanks dear Darren for your friendly support :aww: :blush:
:whisper: I miss you a lot ...
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