Jim Denevan is an artist, chef, and founder of Outstanding in the Field. Through his land art, Denevan interacts with the earth’s topography to create works of varying scale in sand, earth, and ice. These pieces range from smaller beach compositions to large land works the size of a city. Each is ephemeral in nature, disappearing with the tides, the winds, the seasonal progressions. In the tables he sets and the land artworks he creates, there is an element of organic impermanence at play.
Denevan has been commissioned to create artworks across the world, both in the commercial and artistic space. Documentation of his land drawings have been exhibited at the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, MoMA/PS1, and Peabody Essex Museum, among others. Denevan’s work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, GQ, The Surfers Journal, Outside, and Conde Nast Traveler, along with many other publications.
His life and art are the subject of the recently released film Man in the Field (2021), wherein director Patrick Trefz charts Denevan’s experiences over a period of eight years, exploring themes of process, grief, and discovery.
Denevan lives in Santa Cruz, California.
Jim Denevan, Angle of Repose installation view, Desert X AlUla 2022, courtesy of the artist and Desert X AlUla, photo by Lance Gerber. Artist portrait courtesy of the artist.