Available in 15" x 9" Edition of 150, or the Magnum Edition of 40 - 20.5" x 12.5"
About the Painting "Mele Kalikimaka"
Inspired by his recent move to Maui after spending several Christmases there with his family, Arvid adds a little whimsy to his annual holiday watercolor with the musically inspired “Mele Kalikimaka.” Strumming his ukulele in the warm Hawaiian sunshine and spreading aloha to all, Santa can’t wait to share his ‘liquid sunshine’ and to celebrate with friends and family (he sounds like a certain artist we know). If you are lucky enough to be in Maui for Christmas, you are likely to find Arvid strumming his ukulele at sunset, with a bottle of chardonnay and a group of friends to share it. And do look for #flatmauisanta to be trending ~ like Arvid, he loves adventures and makes friends everywhere he goes.
Thomas Arvid believes in crafting a life well-lived with the same creativity, intensity, and attention to detail that he puts in his paintings. Recently, that meant a 6 month artist in residency in Maui. Incorporating other forms of art into his life, Arvid has been inspired by the islands to hone his ukulele skills and to add an island flair to his culinary creations. Arvid truly lives the life that is expressed so captivatingly well in his paintings. A life full of love and friendship, where each moment is a treasure to be savored, where slowing down and appreciating the smallest details is a daily routine, and where all treasures are best when shared. In short, a life full of the Spirit of Aloha
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?"