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Thomas Arvid possesses an unerring ability to refine a moment. In doing so he captures our wonder and has become an art world phenomenon. Art Business News (May 2003) credits him with "launching a major art trend…" with his over sized still life compositions of wine and the rituals surrounding it. Arvid astounds viewers with the intricate details of his images and with his mastery of light, depth and reflection.
Arvid's approach to wine and painting is surprising, given his background as a Detroit native raised to parlay his inherent artistic talent into a secure job in the industrial complex. Instead, Arvid made the leap into pursuing his art as a career, and with the support of his art historian wife and inspiration garnered during a backpacking trip through Europe, he began painting full time.
Drawn to wine by his focus on the color red, Arvid knew he had
discovered something when his paintings featuring red wine were being
purchased before they were finished. Arvid is awed by the response to
his work, "Wine is a great subject because people are familiar with it;
they really connect to it. My paintings are really the landscapes
between people sharing wine - it's amazing that my collectors find
personal fulfillment in my work, especially when I'm just doing what I