“Bad Day” Commission
One of the most thrilling and powerful works Banovich has created, “Bad Day” was commissioned by Tom Siebel, the founder of Siebel Systems, to memorialize the elephant attack he barely survived. In August of 2009 Seibel was on safari in Tanzania when the attack occurred, the extensive injuries he sustained resulted in a long road to recovery. The piece transports the viewer to the last terrifying moments Seibel faced before the elephant struck. Banovich has created many paintings of African wildlife, including many elephants, though none with such a haunting backstory. Requiring much research, he spent considerable time reviewing the attack scene photographs from the plain surrounding the location as well as photos and videos of cow elephant attacks to accurately capture the hulking animal in action.