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. View his complete works.

Arvid's paintings are found in many prominent collections - a particular favorite among wineries and vintners who acknowledge him as today's preeminent painter of wine.

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.

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 loves wine."

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.

"Wine, like food, is an art," says artist Thomas Arvid, who paints still lifes of wine. "People who appreciate the opera, theater and literature tend to appreciate all forms of art. They might be moved by my painting because it speaks to them directly about another part of their lives they also enjoy. My artwork has bridged them from music and theater and wine to art. When they see my artwork, it doesn't need to be explained to them. It is part of who they are."

But it's not just the wine lovers and makers who are taken with Thomas's work. With his original, refreshing approach to the still life, and the passion he brings to it, he has captured the collective imagination of wine collectors and art collectors alike. For perhaps the first time, these diverse markets have found a common bond with Thomas's images.

But why wine? Thomas explains it best himself—

"At first I focused on red. It's a universal color, the color of passion. So many of our cultural icons are red— Coca-Cola cans, Radio Flyer wagons, Campbell's Soup cans, Converse tennis shoes. I painted them all. And red wine. Little did I know when I created my first painting of red wine that it would become my passion. Wine is a work of art. Winemakers are truly artists, and the community amongst them is a creative, artistic community. They put the same passion into crafting wine that I put into the composition of a painting. The more you learn about wine, the more you realize there's really no bad wine. Just like art, wine means different things to different people."

He continues to sell out paintings as quickly as he can paint them. Like the fine wine he paints, Thomas' paintings are to be savored. Each time you look at it, you can see something you haven't seen before.

Why wine? The answer is evident. Because Arvid is, in addition to a painter of wine, a lover of wine, and his passion for his subject and the good life it evokes is written as a symphony of oil on canvas.

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