Safari Club International 2015

Mandalay Bay Convention Center

Las Vegas, NV

February 4 – 7, 2015

Game of Lions
oil on belgian linen
50 x 75 x 1.5 in
(127h x 190.5w x 3.81d cm)
SOLD

Deep in the heart of every lion lives an ancient hatred for hyenas, never missing an opportunity to beguile their nemesis. For millennia this turmoil has reached far beyond the competition for food. It is a war between eternal enemies. These hidden battlefields remind us of a time when our own nights were filled with bloody darkness…

The composition is what makes this painting work. The concept was to create a bull’s-eye effect, centered on the male lions running into the pack, and sparking a centrifuge of energy erupting all around them, while the vultures, marabou storks, hyenas and jackal escape their wrath. Lions are a subject I have painting many times before but this will remain as one of my favorite lion paintings yet.

Inside the Banovich Booth-SCI 2015

Inside the Banovich Booth-SCI 2015

Inside the Banovich Booth-SCI 2015

Press Release

JOHN BANOVICH EXHIBITING AT SAFARI CLUB  INTERNATIONAL
FEBRUARY 4 – FEBRUARY 7, 2015
JOIN US AT BOOTH #’S 1269

LAS VEGAS, NV - John Banovich is a long time donor and supporter of Safari Club International and the Safari Club International Foundation as well as a past recipient of the CJ McElroy Award. He is a board member of the Craighead Institute and an advisory board member to the Safari Club International Foundation. Banovich is best known for painting bold and dramatic scenes of iconic wildlife and nature in its most essential form, and has achieved extraordinary popularity among art collectors and sportsmen across the globe. Through his own conservation work with the Banovich Wildscapes Foundation, and through his breathtaking visual narratives, the artist has brought the plight of wildlife and wild places to the attention of an international audience. This year John Banovich presents the feature painting “A Game of Lions”.  “Deep in the heart of every lion lives an ancient hatred for hyenas, never missing an opportunity to beguile their nemesis.  For millennia this turmoil has reached far beyond the competition for food.  It is a war between eternal enemies.  These hidden battlefields remind us of a time when our own nights were filled with bloody darkness.” - John Banovich, 2015

The Banovich exhibition will showcase a new collection of John Banovich originals and newly released limited edition giclee canvases. The much anticipated annual "For Sale by Draw", as well as special receptions and entertainment will also be held during the 2015 convention on February 6th.

Proceeds from Banovich artwork support BWF, providing essential assistance to many small-but-vital organizations dedicated to scientific research, habitat conservation and public education. Efforts are focused in Africa and the Russian Far East. BWF supports 11 projects in seven countries, working on initiatives crucial for lions, Amur tigers and mountain nyala.

“Through my art, I hope to inspire people to seek a deeper understanding of the world around us and bring together groups of individuals to unite on common ground. Now more than ever our natural world is severely threatened and, with this increased pressure, a new paradigm must emerge. Conservationists, sportsmen and environmentalists must join forces in areas of overlapping interests and consider bridges to overcome these important issues.” John Banovich.

 

About John Banovich
John Banovich emerged as a talent to watch over two decades ago and today is known internationally for his large, dramatic portrayals of iconic wildlife.  His unprecedented life-sized elephant painting, “Once Upon A Time” drew global attention to ivory poaching and his deep passion, knowledge of wildlife and unwavering commitment to conservation continues to raise awareness about imperiled species.  Banovich's work is in important museum, corporate and private collections and has appeared in numerous prestigious venues including the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Wildlife Experience Art Museum, Salmagundi Club, Museum of the Southwest, Natural History Museum, Gilcrease Museum, traveling exhibitions sponsored by the Society of Animal Artists and showcases hosted by Safari Club International and Dallas Safari Club. 

In the press, Banovich’s work has been showcased on ABC’s Entertainment Tonight, The Outdoor Channel, The Great American Country Channel, Orion Entertainment, Versus, PBS and NBC has written about his dedication to his conservation work and named him an NBC Cause Celebrity.

About Safari Club International Convention
Since 2000, the SCI Foundation has provided $60 million to promote science-based conservation through wildlife research, capacity building in governments, youth and teacher education, and humanitarian programs that show the importance of the hunting community in society around the world. A portion of the funds raised, during the annual SCI Convention help support the SCI Foundation.

About Banovich Wildscapes Foundation
The Banovich Wildscapes Foundation (BWF) fosters cooperative efforts to conserve the earth’s wild places, benefitting the wildlife and people that live there. BWF promotes scientific research and conservation education; facilitates habitat protection of large conservation landscapes and restoration projects; develops creative and respectful partnerships to fund conservation programs; and creates opportunities to build long-term community economic well-being. More information is available online: www.johnbanovich.com/wildscapes-foundation