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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

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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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Darren many thanks for the fave ads :D
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Happy birthday!
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Happy Birthday! :sun:
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Happy Birthday! birthday cake 
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