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Geppeto's Aquarium by right-angle Geppeto's Aquarium :iconright-angle:right-angle 403 26 another dream by illdispose another dream :iconilldispose:illdispose 765 76 wire by Anti-Pati-ya wire :iconanti-pati-ya:Anti-Pati-ya 634 27 61 by ayla-es 61 :iconayla-es:ayla-es 484 42 Lost in clouds by iLoran Lost in clouds :iconiloran:iLoran 405 45 ice by Teyvilin ice :iconteyvilin:Teyvilin 715 31 100813 by Adrienneknott 100813 :iconadrienneknott:Adrienneknott 273 43 Frostbite by DismayedSense Frostbite :icondismayedsense:DismayedSense 283 38 Float On by ifsantag Float On :iconifsantag:ifsantag 572 132 Bbz by jarrod343 Bbz :iconjarrod343:jarrod343 538 23 Autumn by superflyninja Autumn :iconsuperflyninja:superflyninja 447 36 :: valet parking :: by CoryVarcoe :: valet parking :: :iconcoryvarcoe:CoryVarcoe 496 131 BlackWhite - 16 by RanMoneta BlackWhite - 16 :iconranmoneta:RanMoneta 471 25 migration -3 by cangurgel migration -3 :iconcangurgel:cangurgel 234 26 Snowbound by Poromaa Snowbound :iconporomaa:Poromaa 385 55 Good evening by Aloony89 Good evening :iconaloony89:Aloony89 468 38

A collection of Daily Deviations that I published during my twelve month term as Gallery Director for the Abstract & Surreal Photography category.

Random Favourites

Resplandor by TeresaClark Resplandor :iconteresaclark:TeresaClark 98 61 Vermillion Bird of the South by TeresaClark Vermillion Bird of the South :iconteresaclark:TeresaClark 48 17 White Tiger of the West by TeresaClark White Tiger of the West :iconteresaclark:TeresaClark 41 16 Blue Dragon of the East by TeresaClark Blue Dragon of the East :iconteresaclark:TeresaClark 80 16 Black turtle of the North by TeresaClark Black turtle of the North :iconteresaclark:TeresaClark 90 15 ocean 149 by Hengki24 ocean 149 :iconhengki24:Hengki24 64 6 free as air by julie-rc free as air :iconjulie-rc:julie-rc 403 41 Six Feet Under. by katt-25 Six Feet Under. :iconkatt-25:katt-25 336 61 Eight Line Poem by acukur Eight Line Poem :iconacukur:acukur 598 106 No One Here... I by siamesesam No One Here... I :iconsiamesesam:siamesesam 74 3 Apparitions ... by julie-rc Apparitions ... :iconjulie-rc:julie-rc 940 130 Dreams of Clouds by Smattila Dreams of Clouds :iconsmattila:Smattila 1,716 213 Uncompleted by etchepare Uncompleted :iconetchepare:etchepare 146 34 storm shadow by arayo storm shadow :iconarayo:arayo 123 31 you go on forever by aimeelikestotakepics you go on forever :iconaimeelikestotakepics:aimeelikestotakepics 216 23 golden harvest by aimeelikestotakepics golden harvest :iconaimeelikestotakepics:aimeelikestotakepics 368 33

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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MauraBertoia Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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   ...thank you 4 fave * Fire  Nod 
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thank You for all the support!

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