Thomas Arvid "A Winkle in Time," 43" x 15" Canvas, available in Limited Edition S/N Edition of 195 and Artist's Proof Edition of 75
About the Painting "A Winkle in Time"
In a departure from his signature style, Arvid deftly displays the gestural hand of the artist in “A Winkle in Time.” While the bourbon in the glass, parts of the label, and the foil reflect the level of clarity and detail Arvid is famous for, he teases us by leaving strategic parts of the painting penciled in. Arvid also takes a natural segue from wine to bourbon. Inspired by sipping fine bourbon after dinner with friends, Arvid captures the inexplicable moment when you make a connection and a memory with someone over something as simple as sharing spirits. Once again, he reminds us to slow down and savor the details, because that is where life happens.
Like many of his collectors and friends, Arvid is also an avid wine and art collector. With his art historian wife, Vanessa, he has built an impressive and diverse collection of art over the years and loves sharing it with visitors to his home and studio. Because art almost always has a great story behind it, Arvid particularly enjoys recounting the tales behind his collection over a fine bottle of wine or with a few sips of bourbon.
Preeminent Painter of Wine
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 startingly 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 his 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 important wineries. Silver Oak Cellars, Shafer Vineyards, Diamond Creek Winery and Flora Springs Winery all display Arvids prominently.
The magic of his painting is in Thomas 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 Thomas Arvid is palpable. Arvid's international appeal has created such demand that his work is represented by over 50 elilte art galleries in the US, Canada and Japan, and collectors are willing to wait years for one of his originals.
In the span of ten short years, the artist has achieved spectacular success and no one has been more awed by the response than Arvid 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 are able to find a personal connection and fulfillment in a piece of my work. That is truly special."
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?"