Thomas Arvid possesses an unerring ability to refine a moment. In doing so, he captures our wonder and has become an art world phenomenon. Named one of the top “25 Artists You Should Know” by US Art magazine, Arvid receives critical acclaim for his ability to portray centuries-old traditions in a startlingly fresh style. His oversized still life compositions of wine and the rituals surrounding its consumption are often called “photo-realistic.” Arvid’s images astound viewers with their intricate details and mastery of light, depth, and reflection.
Arvid’s influence on the art world has been the focus of an Art Business News cover story, profiles in Wine Spectator and the Los Angeles Times, and featured on the cable program “In Wine Country.” Influential collectors of his work include many prestigious wineries—Silver Oak Cellars, Shafer Vineyards, Diamond Creek Winery, and Flora Springs Winery all display Arvids prominently.
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. He illuminates and shares that moment with viewers. The aura surrounding the work of Arvid is palpable. Arvid’s international appeal has created such demand that his work is represented by over 50 elite art galleries in the US, Canada, and Japan, and collectors are willing to wait years for one of his originals.
In ten short years, Arvid has achieved spectacular success, and no one has been more awed by the response than himself, “I’m so lucky that I get to make a living doing what I love. I paint because I enjoy the process and the surprise of creating something from nothing – just a vignette in my mind, a blank canvas, and tubes of paint. It’s amazing. Then my collectors can find a personal connection and fulfillment in a piece of my work. That is truly special.”
Arvid’s natural charisma and infectious enthusiasm for art and wine guarantee his continued success and popularity. His work and philosophy are perfectly embodied in his most famous proverb, “Life without art is like dinner without wine. Why bother?”