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Thomas Arvid


Thomas Arvid (American) possesses an unerring ability to refine a moment. In doing so he captures our wonder and has become an art world phenomenon with his oversized still life contemporary compositions of wine and the rituals surrounding it. Arvid astounds viewers with the intricate details of his photo-realism images and with his mastery of light, depth, and reflection. The magic of his painting is in Arvid's ability to visualize and chronicle an entire scene beyond the frame—to tell a story of enjoyment and the good life—using lush color and adroit composition. Arvid is passionate about art and wine; a collector of both, he strives to capture the pleasure of a life well lived on each canvas.

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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 oil 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 love."

The aura surrounding Arvid's work is palpable. His international appeal has created such demand that his work is represented by over 50 elite fine art galleries in the US, Canada, and Japan; collectors are willing to wait years for one of his originals. Influential wineries such as Silver Oak Cellars, Far Niente, and Diamond Creek Winery collect Arvids because he translates the craftsmanship of wine to canvas. Doug Shafer, of Shafer Family Vineyards, likens Arvid's skill to that of a winemaker, "Arvid's style is big and bold, with enough selected detail and softness to create a sense of balance . . . this blend of elements is precisely what winemakers hope to bring to their top vintages."

Arvid’s original oil paintings and signed and numbered limited editions on canvas can be found in fine art galleries across the United States and abroad.

In 2004, Thomas Arvid and his wife, Vanessa, released a retrospective of Arvid's work, "Arvid: Redefining the Modern Still Life," that traces the development of Arvid's style from its beginnings a decade ago to the lifestyle it is today. The book is a fitting chronicle to illustrate one of Arvid's favorite phrases, "Life without art is like dinner without wine. Why bother?"

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