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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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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


Statement:
Darren 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, Sean Elliott 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, deviantART.com
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


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


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

Interests

Resources & Links

What is Abstract/Surreal?


An excellent introduction, written by DpressedSoul

Daily Deviation Guidelines


Information about suggesting a Daily Deviation

Daily Deviation Reports


Monthly round-up articles of Daily Deviations I featured

Community Relations Newsletters


Bi-monthly catalogue of journal features that I published

Pinboard Updates


Monthly compendium of community features and events

Forum Thumbshare


Monthly abstract/surreal thumbnail exhibition

The Feature Showcase


Weekly news showcase for work that catches my eye

The Artist Spotlight


Weekly feature of abstract/surreal artists

The Radio Soundcheck


Weekly music recommendations


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:iconthergothon:
thergothon Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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qinqy Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Professional Photographer
Thank you for highlighting me! Was very surprised to see all the activity on my page. Then i found out that you highlighted my work.

I am humble and grateful.


/Jonas 
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FeelMyArt Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
thx for the fav :happybounce: 
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metamage Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have mad skills and such an interesting photographic technique I am intrigued. I'll keep dipping back here - there is a lot to examine -- I can get a glimpse of your thinking through your work. I, too, have a passion for experimentation and I like your style Mr. Shields. I also like your writing. Take that as a grand compliment. Fascinating mix - another prose experimentalist on DevArt - who'd a thunk it? So pleased to meet you. Gonna take some time to parse your writing. I'm going to enjoy this.
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Barnum60 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconinkpotplz: Thanks a lot, my friend! :iconkittydivider3plz::iconkittydivider4plz::iconquillplz:
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