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Cold Air - Deep Powder

oil on belgian linen
72 x 68 in
(182.88h x 172.72w cm)
Special Commission-Yellowstone Club




On December 27th, 2012 we unveiled "Cold Air-Deep Powder" at the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, MT. This detailed painting of a herd of bison was commissioned by Sam Byrne and the other equity investors for the club’s Warren Miller Lodge. The vibrant and action-packed scene features the animals stampeding through deep snow with a massive framed size of 8’ x 16’, making it one of John Banovich’s largest paintings. “It’s perfect,” said Sam Byrne, whose firm Crossharbor Capital owns the private resort, “I have always had a vision of what a Banovich painting would look like in this space and he executed it perfectly. We wanted to create something experiential for the Yellowstone Club, and he nailed it.” 

“As a longtime fan and friend of John Banovich, it was a thrill walking into the [Warren Miller Lodge] to see after all these years there was finally balance and perfection. The painting sets the tone for the whole club perfectly; better than we could even have imagined. It brought tears to my eyes.”
– Mary Hart, Host of Entertainment Tonight/Yellowstone Club Member, December 2012

“I wanted the painting to show the familial aspect of the Yellowstone Club with bison in all stages of life,” said John Banovich. “And of course you have the snow, which is an integral part of the club and animals native to this region, plowing their way through amazing powder. In my work as a conservationist I have found so many situations where wildlife is beleaguered by humans but this shows a native animal in a natural setting unfettered by humans and civilization. One hundred years from now I hope we are blessed to live in a world where this iconic beast roams free.”