Thomas Arvid "Opening Day," 43" x 15.5" available in Limited Edition S/N Edition of 195 and Artist's Proof Edition of 75.
About the painting
Twice a year, for the last 20 years, Thomas Arvid has painted live at the Silver Oak Cellars Release Day Party at their gorgeous winery in Napa Valley. “Opening Day” is a tribute to that festive celebration. Fooling the eye with his incredible precision and impeccable application, Arvid makes us question if the painting is painted on crate or canvas. The clarity and transparency in the shimmering green bottle and the masterful and modern composition illustrate why Arvid is “America’s Preeminent Painter of Wine.” And he reminds us that when you share fine wine with great friends, it makes everyday feel like “Opening Day.”
In addition to painting the wines of Napa, Arvid has been soaked in the culture of the Valley for several decades. He has participated in all the steps of crafting a fine wine, from helping at harvest, blending wines, and even assisting with the bottling and boxing of the vintages. Arvid likens the process of making a fine wine to the process of creating a masterpiece on canvas: “You start with the raw materials, you have a vision, and you layer and layer the steps to come up with the final composition. Only with winemaking, you have a much more constrained palette to work with because you can only use the colors God gives you in any given season.”
Preeminent Painter of Wine
THOMAS ARVID - 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 startlingly 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?"