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Spotlight: John Banovich

“I have come to appreciate that ‘less is more.’ I have evolved to a much more refined application of paint to capture the essence of an object. Whether it be fur or feathers, I use enough strokes to capture the feel, but not enough to capture the literal representation of the surface.”  – John Banovich on The Blue Darter

The Blue Darter (Cooper’s Hawk and Bobwhite Quail), Oil on Belgian Linen, 16”h x 18”w


The painting is also available to view in-person in the Grady Ervin Field Sport and Gunroom, located at 313 King Street, downtown Charleston.


John Banovich is an American contemporary oil painter known internationally for his large, dramatic portrayals of iconic wildlife. Today, Banovich’s work is admired and collected globally by prominent politicians, entertainers, business leaders and art collectors. His work can be found in private collections, corporate offices and museums throughout the world.

“Now more than ever, we need to expand the message about the vital importance of the world’s natural places and utilize the forceful role that artists can leverage in the efforts to conserve them. Through my artwork, I hope to move, reveal and inspire people to seek a deeper understanding of the world around us and bring together groups of individuals to unite on a common ground. Our natural world is severely threatened and with this increased pressure, a new paradigm must emerge…artists, conservationists, sportsmen and environmentalists must come together in areas of overlapping interests.”

In the press, Banovich’s work has been showcased on Forbes, CBS Entertainment Tonight, The Outdoor Channel, The Great American Country Channel, Orion Entertainment, PBS, Southwest Art Magazine, Western Art Collector Magazine, Cowboys & Indians Magazine, Sporting Classics, Western Art & Architecture, and most recently NBC has written about his dedication to his conservation work and named him an NBC Cause Celebrity.

John was the SEWE 1998 Featured Artist as well as the 2016 Guest Artist. Learn more about Banovich.

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