Arvid has achieved spectacular success and national
acclaim with his still-life compositions of wine and the
rituals surrounding its consumption. The self-taught artist
translates abstract composition and a talent for portraying
light and color into sumptuous, super-realistic oil paintings
of wine. Atlanta-based Thomas Arvid unites the aesthetics
of art and the sensual complexity of fine wine in his large-scale
paintings that leave collectors and critics begging for
Arvid is redefining the modern still life with his refreshing
portrayals of fine wine. Highly defined and richly textured,
Arvid's paintings tell a story beyond an enjoyment of the
good life. The viewer happens upon a moment in time; the
half-filled glasses, hastily discarded cork and corkscrew,
and empty bottle of wine relates a scene manipulated by
Arvid's imagination. However, the viewer, as voyeur, is
free to make up their own story, creating a personal connection
between the viewer and the art. Perhaps this explains why
Arvid's work has achieved such widespread popularity.
talent has been embraced by the art world. Named one of
the top "25 Artists You Should Know" by US Art
magazine, Arvid's work receives critical acclaim for its
ability to capture ancient traditions in a startlingly new
style. Thomas Arvid was also featured in Wine Spectator,
recognizing the overlap between the appreciation of fine
art and fine wine.
elite in the wine industry also identify Arvid as a prophet
for the message that fine wine carries. Arvid's work captures
the complexity and depth of wine, making his art a feature
in the collections of influential wineries and winemakers.
Ray Duncan of Silver Oak, Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat,
and Al Brounstein of Diamond Creek enjoy an Arvid in their
home or offices. Gus Anderson of Conn Valley Vineyards raves,
"Thomas Arvid's paintings are so realistic you might
find yourself trying to pour a glass! They truly give evidence
to the fact that he loves wine."
bad for a Detroit boy with no formal art training who never
expected to make fine art a career. Arvid moved to Atlanta
from Detroit in 1986 and discovered alternatives to the
industrial, blue collar work ethic of his home. Growing
up drawing, painting murals, and doing illustrations, Thomas
Arvid thought his only choices for a career in art were
as a commercial artist, sign-painter, or draftsman. His
move to Atlanta also signaled a move into painting with
oils, and eventually his discovery of the beauty of wine
as a vehicle for his artistic vision.
Arvid's natural charisma and infectious enthusiasm for
art and wine guarantee his continued success and popularity.
Arvid's work and philosophy is perfectly embodied in his
famous phrase, "Life without art is like dinner without
wine. Why bother?"