Thomas Arvid "Making History," 43" x 20" available in Limited Edition S/N Edition of 195 and Artist's Proof Edition of 75.
About the Painting "Making History"
With stunning clarity and exquisite detail, Thomas Arvid once again brings a moment in time to life for us in “Making History.” Commemorating the famous “Judgement of Paris” blind wine tasting in Paris in 1976, when the Americans shocked the world by sweeping the competition (see the movie Bottle Shock), “Making History” beckons us to get lost in the captivating reflections and incredible detail that Arvid employs to breathe life into history. A testament to the world-class wines of Napa Valley and to the undeniable mastery of Arvid, “Making History” celebrates both the victory of the underdog and the craftsmanship and excellence of the American spirit.
Since his first visit to Napa Valley in 1997, Arvid has had a steady presence there and considers the valley his “home away from home.” Much of his life in Napa is centered around Mama (Suzanne) Salvestrin. After many mornings and lazy afternoons loitering in the kitchen with Mama while she baked goods to raise money for the St. Helena Historical Society, Arvid suggested there could be a more expedient way to raise funds. So together, they cooked up an idea: Arvid could gather his artist friends, and using images from the Historical Society archives, they could create paintings based on them and thus bring history back to life. The final creations could be auctioned to benefit the society. Hence the annual gala fundraiser, “History Becomes Art,” was born. All proceeds from the sale of the original “Making History” benefited the Historical Society, and the painting graces the walls of a custom home overlooking the vineyards of Napa, perfectly set amidst the beautiful valley that it so proudly commemorates.
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?"