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Dallas Safari Club 2019

Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center

Dallas, TX

January 17-20, 2019

Mbogo ll, 2018
oil on belgian linen
20h x 38w in
50.80h x 96.52w cm
2019 Dallas Safari Club Live Auction Donation

Press Release

January 17-20, 2019 - BOOTH #2315, 2515
Live Auction Event: Saturday January 19th

“Art can move, reveal and inspire us to seek a deeper understanding of the world around us.” John Banovich

John Banovich is a longtime donor and supporter of the Dallas Safari Club, and is a “Partner in Conservation” with DSC to help generate funding for and awareness of conservation needs in wild places around the world.­­ DSC is a major contributor to BWF and host of an annual expo providing Banovich with a premier venue for exhibiting art to the public and together spreading the message of conservation. Through promotion, the artist has helped expand the DSC brand and event traffic for one of the world’s largest outdoor sporting conventions.  

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 12 projects in seven countries.

The Banovich exhibition will showcase the 2019 collection of John Banovich originals and newly released limited edition giclee canvases as well as original works by sculptor Mick Doellinger, photographer Riccardo Tosi and luxury lifestyle decor with a social purpose by Ankole Designs.

The new original oil painting "Mbogo II", oil on belgian linen, 20 x 38 in, $39,000 will be available for sale during the live auction event on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Artist Statement on Mbogo II:
I have painted the Cape Buffalo nearly 100 times over the Past 25 years. Words like “Menacing, Arrogant, Indifferent, Intrusive, Threatening, Aggressive and Black Heart” all come to mind when describing this beast. Few authors penned the words that inspire my interpretation better than Robert Roark’s illuminating phrase…. “I lurched up and looked at Mbogo, and Mbogo looked at me. He was 50 to 60 yards off, his head low, his eyes staring right down my soul. He looked at me as if he hated my guts. He looked as if I had despoiled his fiancee, murdered his mother and burned down his house. He looked at me as if I owed him money. I never saw such malevolence in the eyes of any animal or human being since......” John Banovich

About John Banovich
John Banovich, b. 1964, Butte, Montana (United States)

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 deep passion, knowledge of wildlife and unwavering commitment to conservation continues to inspire.  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 NBC’s Entertainment Tonight, The Outdoor Channel, The Great American Country Channel, Orion Entertainment, Versus, PBS and most recently NBC has written about his dedication to his conservation work and named him an NBC Cause Celebrity.

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:

About Dallas Safari Club (DSC)
Desert bighorns on an unbroken landscape, stalking Cape buffalo in heavy brush, students discovering conservation. DSC works to guarantee a future for all these and much more. An independent organization since 1982, DSC has become an international leader in conserving wildlife and wilderness lands, educating youth and the general public, and promoting and protecting the rights and interests of hunters worldwide.  A member of IUCN, DSC is a mission-focused conservation organization, funded by hunters from around the world. In the past five years, more than $6.7 million has been channeled to qualified projects, organizations and programs in support of that mission.