A look at three of the top wildlife artists of the modern era. by Brad Fitzpatrick
"Three of those great wildlife artists—John Seerey-Lester, John Banovich, and Joshua Spies—have managed to consistently capture the attention of hunters and art collectors. They have done so by masterfully capturing in fine detail a single moment in a quiet place: a moonlit camp with marauding lions, a whitetail buck on a cold au-tumn morning, a duck dropping into a hidden pothole with glassy water, or an old elephant bull in a shroud of African dust. It’s no wonder that hunters are so drawn to the work of these artists, for great wildlife art helps transport us to the wilderness and allows us to live in a moment that might be decades gone."
Millennium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere (MAHB)-Stanford University Blog
John Banovich-Painting Animals and Protecting Wildscapes
John Banovich's commentary on conversation was selected by the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere (MAHB). The MAHB is Stanford's new initiative to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration towards a sustainable future. MAHB is a global network of social scientists, humanists and scholars in related field who utilize their collective knowledge to understand and communicate foresight intelligence and create a vision of plausible and compelling world which is moving towards sustainability and social equality.
Thank you to KZBK (CBS) TV for their coverage of the Banovich Wildscapes Foundation BEAST BENEFIT 2016 held at the new Banovich Art Center.
Banovich Art wishes to thank the sponsors, donors and over 300 attendees from across the country for making the BEAST BENEFIT 2016 an overwhelming success. The Banovich Wildscapes Foundation raised over $70,000 towards international conservation and research efforts.
A Special Thank You to our Sponsors
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"Master of the Herd" featured in National Cowboy & Western Heritage promotional video.
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosted its prestigious invitational art exhibit of over 300 paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary artists in the nation with art seminars, receptions and awards banquet. The exhibiting artists bring a diversity of styles to this prestigious art exhibition. Works range from historical pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionist works of art. Landscapes, wildlife and illustrative scenes are always highlighted in the exhibition. John Banovich presentrf his new original oil paintings "Master of the Herd", oil on belgian linen, 12 x 32 in, $21,000 and "Arctic Plunge", oil on belgian linen, 11 x 14 in, $9,300
Featured Artwork: Western Vision's John Banovich
John Banovich is one of nearly 80 artists whose work will be available for sale at the 29th Annual Western Visions Show and Sale at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Western Visions takes place September 9 – October 9, 2016.
SEWE is a three-day showcase of everything we love about wildlife and nature. It brings together people of all ages, men and women, sportsmen and conservationists, artists and artisans, fans and families. Through an incredible lineup of events – from fine art exhibits, conservation education, sporting demonstrations and parties, SEWE invites us all to explore our “wild” side and pay tribute to our naturally beautiful world.
After nearly 5 years in the making, internationally renowned artist and conservationist, John Banovich has opened a new institution on the wildlife art landscape. The new 6500 square foot Art Center is located in Paradise Valley, Montana - one of the most naturally beautiful and dramatic areas of the US - 11 miles south of Livingston and 45 minutes from Yellowstone National Park.
The center aims to vicariously transport its visitors to some of the wildest places on earth. We will be hosting special events, public appearances and important exhibitions centered around the celebration of Wildlife and Wild Places and the important role both play in enriching our lives.
"Through this cultural platform we hope to imbue an understanding that art can move, reveal and inspire to seek a deeper understanding of the world around us; it can paint a face on an idea, a region, a cause and help engage us at visceral level to conserve our wildlife heritage."
"Acclaimed artist John Banovich will go to any length—or depth—to gain an intimate view of his wild subjects."
￼We are excited to announce that John's daughters, Siana and Mara have their name on a cheetah collar! This is very exciting as this is the first time there have ever been GPS tracking collars placed on cheetah in the Masai Mara reserve. We are so excited that Siana and Mara can begin to have a connection to the place where their names have originated. And on their favorite animal no less. - Exciting day!
"Game of Lions" by John Banovich receives the Medal of Excellence and the Best in Show awards in the 2015 Annual Exhibit held in Vancouver, B.C.
Artists for Conservation (AFC) is the world's leading group of artists supporting the environment. Founded in 1997, the non-profit organization comprises a membership of 500 of the world's most gifted nature artists from 27 countries, across five continents. Dedicated to nurture, promote and leverage its world-class community of artists in support of our natural world, AFC drives its mission through three key programs: Art & Environmental Education; Field Work & Research; and Artist Development. The Artists for Conservation Festival is AFC's annual flagship initiative to showcase, support and further these programs
A Visit with John Banovich at his studio in Carnation, WA
by Bonnie Gangelhoff
Photos by Peter Kuhnlein
The Banovich exhibition at the 2014 Safari Club International Convention in Las Vegas celebrated 20 years of the Banovich/SCI partnership and showcased one of the largest collection of Banovich originals and many newly released limited editions. We hosted the annual "For Sale by Draw" as well as special receptions with visits from two very special cheetah cubs from the Columbus Zoo and live entertainment from Cirque Zuma Zuma. The events also featured artist demonstrations by John Banovich, Stefan Savides and Mick Doellinger, The lion painting "King," which was sold at the Friday evening auction, was also reproduced as a time limited edition to celebrate 20 years of the Banovich & SCI partnership as well as raise much needed dollars for lion conservation, through the donation of the original and sales of the limited edition giclee canvas. The limited editiion raised almost $13,000 for lion conservation. Thank you to all of our collectors and friends for helping make this year a huge success!
Named for the late founder and chairman emeritus of Safari Club International, the C.J. McElroy Award honors a member of SCI who has made great contributions to the sport of hunting, achieved excellence in worldwide hunting, displayed a dedication to the conservation of wildlife, and has a history of service to the global hunting community and to SCI’s goals. Recipients have shown exemplary ethics in the business of hunting and are committed to SCI’s programs and mission statement.
BEAST features 264 large-format pages and illustrates the dramatic artwork of John Banovich over the course of his career. This elegantly designed, milestone book is a must-own for anyone who is a collector of Banovich`s originals, published works, enjoys animals and conservation, has faced big game in the wild, or desires a chance to look over a master’s shoulder. BEAST was winner of the 2010 National Indie Coffee Table Book Awards and earned its place on the Barnes and Noble Best Sellers List. Written with David Cabela; introduction by James Bellis; foreword by Guy Coheleach and prologue by Jack Hanna.
The National Indie Excellence Awards contest shines a spotlight on books that demonstrate excellence. National Indie Excellence Award judges are professional copywriters to publishers, writers, editors and more. They select award winners and finalists based on overall excellence of presentation. To be acknowledged by your peers is one of the highest honors bestowed on a publisher. "BEAST" also made it to the Barnes & Noble best sellers list in 2010.
“I have dreamed of this book for the past twenty years. A place to share many of the adventures I have been privileged to experience on my journeys around the world. It will introduce you to the creative process that began at age seven and tell the story of how I evolved to be an artist. It will give you an intimate glimpse into the world of the most exotic Beasts we are blessed to share the planet with, and reveal the challenges facing the animals living in these wild places. From journal entries, field sketches, to over 100 finished paintings this book gives you an unparalleled look into the eyes of the BEAST!" - John Banovich
Safari Club International Convention 2008 - John Banovich and RCR owner, Richard Childress, offered a one-of-a-kind NASCAR hood for auction, with proceeds jointly benefiting wildlife conservation. "Inside the Red Zone" graced the hood of driver Kevin Harvick’s #29 racecar, bearing autographs by Banovich, Childress and Harvick – and joyfully celebrated the new 501 (C) 3 Banovich Wildscapes Foundation as a recognized and respected conservationist of the earth’s wildlife and wild places. Sharing common bonds, both lion prides and racing teams struggle together at the most basic level of survival of the fittest. Drawing on underlying, complex social structures, both groups test themselves against intense competition, so that from their numbers, a single, battle-scarred, but most competitive winner ultimately emerges. One single lion will dominate the pride – one singe driver will take the checkered flag before all competitors. Written by Bill Ball, Special Projects Editor, Safari Publications
Includes footage from the PBS segment "Journeys of an Artist," hosted by Gene Canning, exploring the work and travels of John Banovich. Also featuring part of "A Journey of Discovery," produced by Orion Entertainment, and an interview with Dick and Mary Cabela, David Cabela, Wayne Lapierre of the NRA and Tony Makris, host of the TV series "Under Wild Skies". The video interview highlighted David Cabela's book, "Two Hearts in Tanzania" as well as Banovich's work, which was featured on the cover and throughout the book. "Two Hearts in Tanzania" follows the travels of Dick and Mary Cabela during five different expeditions to Tanzania.