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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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Fairy Tale Texture Stock by redwolf518stock Fairy Tale Texture Stock :iconredwolf518stock:redwolf518stock 494 107 Dontnod - Adrift conceptart 02 by paooo Dontnod - Adrift conceptart 02 :iconpaooo:paooo 2,294 63 Remember me 02 by paooo Remember me 02 :iconpaooo:paooo 3,751 106 Sea Life by HectorGuerra Sea Life :iconhectorguerra:HectorGuerra 27 9 Sanaa by HectorGuerra Sanaa :iconhectorguerra:HectorGuerra 54 14 Le printemps. by leingad Le printemps. :iconleingad:leingad 52 8 Season of loneliness no.7 by Menoevil Season of loneliness no.7 :iconmenoevil:Menoevil 135 16 Oregon Coast by ContagiousPixie Oregon Coast :iconcontagiouspixie:ContagiousPixie 75 23 sunset nearly gone by ContagiousPixie sunset nearly gone :iconcontagiouspixie:ContagiousPixie 19 7 Red Light District by jcbarquet Red Light District :iconjcbarquet:jcbarquet 5,143 372 lith print 22 by nikom lith print 22 :iconnikom:nikom 11 3 lith print 21 by nikom lith print 21 :iconnikom:nikom 32 1 lith print 013 by nikom lith print 013 :iconnikom:nikom 71 19 LITH PRINT 007 by nikom LITH PRINT 007 :iconnikom:nikom 188 22 polaroid 55 by nikom polaroid 55 :iconnikom:nikom 1 1

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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Destroyer77 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
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Adrienneknott Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Student General Artist
thank  you :)
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doktor-ozzie Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks for the fav!
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no-postscript Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Thanks =D
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Krzik Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm impressed with your gallery :heart: You're such a tallented photographer!
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