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Prix de West Exhibition & Sale 2018

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Oklahoma City, OK

June 8 – August 5, 2018

John Banovich
Symbiosis, 2018
oil on belgian linen
12h x 46w in
30.48h x 116.84w cm

The black-billed magpie has a long and sordid history with Native Americans and bison. In this symbiotic relationship, the magpies are often found near bison herds feasting the the ticks and ectoparasites found on the shaggy beasts. Interesting that the magpie often caches its hoard for consumption at a later date. 

While the magpie is in the crow family, it is arguably one of North America’s most intelligent birds, and also one of its most beautiful. With a long, iridescent colored tail and wing patches, white chest and wingtips, and coal black face it can be found roaming alongside bison herds across the west. While its diet consists mostly of ground dwelling anthropoids, seed and carrion, it does fancy the blood rich taste of bison and elk’s parasite nemesis. 

I wanted to portray the movement through the cold air and deep powder of these two symbiotic partners. 

John Banovich
Quail Hunter II, 2018
oil on belgian linen
24h x 24w in
60.96h x 60.96w cm

John Banovich
Scent of a Woman II, 2018
oil on belgian linen
11h x 14w in
27.94h x 35.56w cm

Press Release

Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St. Oklahoma City, OK 73111
June 8-9, 2018

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts its prestigious invitational art exhibit of over 300 Western paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary artists in the nation.  This premier art exhibition features works ranging from historical pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionistic works of art. Landscapes, wildlife art, and illustrative scenes are a highlight of the exhibition.  John Banovich will present three new works featuring subject matter ranging from the silent thunder of a herd of bison in snow to the paradox between the beauty and harshness of nature captured by a quail covey under siege.

About the Artist

John Banovich is known internationally for his large, dramatic portrayals of iconic wildlife, his deep passion, knowledge and unwavering commitment to conservation. Banovich's art is in prominent museum, corporate and private collections and has been exhibitied in numerous prestigious venues around the globe.  Banovich has been showcased on CBS Entertainment Tonight, The Outdoor Channel, The Great American Country Channel, Orion Entertainment, PBS and NBC has written about his dedication to his conservation work and named him an NBC Cause Celebrity. 

In 2007 John Banovich founded the Banovich Wildscapes Foundation. It is the culmination of tireless conservation efforts over the past two decades. Through his career as an artist, Banovich has inspired a deeper understanding of the world and its wildlife, encouraging successful conservation efforts and awareness of endangered species and their habitats.  Under the umbrella of his Banovich Wildscapes Foundation, money generated through artwork sales has been channeled back into support efforts that promote habitat protection, science-based wildlife management and sustainable tourism. 

“I started the Banovich Wildscapes Foundation as a way to give something back to the world that has given so much to me. The name WILDSCAPES refers to large abundant landscapes…wild, balanced and intact ecosystems. There is nothing more important to future generations than wildlife and wild lands. Special places that lift our minds, replenish our spirits and renew our passion for living. - John Banovich, Artist/Conservationist

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Clip from our recent ACE Award for Conservation Excellence Ceremony

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:

Please contact Kimberly Fletcher at 307.200.1622 or email for further information and images.