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Prix de West Exhibition & Sale 2022

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Oklahoma City, OK

Exhibition: June 17-18, 2022

John Banovich

Under a Wolf Moon, 2022

oil on Belgian linen

44h x 100w in

111.76h x 254w cm


When the moon is full on a cold winter night, the snow-cast glow from the moon appears with a cool Indigo blue hue as light and shadow mix and the depth of field shrinks. As one of my most challenging paintings to date, I tried to keep a loose, impressionistic feel to the sky and snow while capturing the details of the bison and wolves as they moved “Under a Wolf Moon” with their warm breath breaking into the cold air and deep powder.

In 2011 I was commissioned by the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana to create a signature painting for the lobby of the Warren Miller Lodge, the result was a 72 by 168 inch canvas appropriately titled  “Cold Air, Deep Powder.”  The two year research for this painting led to a  long love affair with the American Bison.

As is so often with milestone paintings, “Under a Wolf Moon”  has been marinating in my mind for nearly a decade.  It is thought that this first full moon after January 1st, came to be known as the ‘wolf moon' because wolves were more likely to be heard howling at this time. Wolves are masters at picking up any signs of weakness and a thick blanket of snow on the ground generally makes it easier for them to catch their prey.  While these massive bulls have seemingly not been slowed down by the deep drifts and are carving the way for the rest of the herd, the wolves are strategically staying on the high ground as they follow the herd, ever vigilant for the opportunity to move in.

Press Release

Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St. Oklahoma City, OK 73111
June 2 - August 7, 2022

Artist and Conservationist John Banovich Participates in the 50th annual Prix de West® Invitational Art Exhibition
Banovich joins nearly 100 of the finest contemporary artists participating in the world’s premier Western art show.

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 a new work featuring the ultimate survivor, the American bison with the large scale painting “Under a Wolf Moon”, oil on Belgian linen, 44h x 100w in.

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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 by Forbes, 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

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:

Throughout his journeys Banovich has developed deep relationships with those in the luxury safari world, and his extensive roaming has given him an encyclopedic knowledge, not just of how best to get from A to B, but of how an itinerary should flow from one experience to another; what each place will evoke in the hearts and minds of his guests, and how to unfurl the full extent of magic to be had, at just the right moment along the way. Most notably, all of the partners Banovich and his team work with adhere to his taste for quality and luxury, and more importantly, are firm proponents of a conservation ethos. 

The result is Banovich Wildscapes Travel, imparting a commitment to profound, meaningful experiences that open up their guests to humbling, awe-inspiring beauty, bringing them into contact with the people and projects working tirelessly to keep it all around for future generations.

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