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 more.
Thomas 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.
Arvid's 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.
The 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
Not 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.
Thomas 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?"
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