Jim Denevan

Copyright 2017

Jim Denevan is based in Santa Cruz, California, U.S.A.

Jim Denevan creates temporary drawings on sand, earth, and ice that are eventually erased by waves and weather. These drawings range in scale from smaller beach compositions to large scale land works the size of a city.

Jim's artwork is performed primarily outside in California but also many other locations around the world.

Documentation of Jim's work has been exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, MoMA/PS1, The Museum of Arts and Design, Parrish Art Museum, Peabody Essex Museum and Laguna Art Museum.

Live performances of drawings for the public were included in exhibitions at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2005 and also at the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale in Vancouver, Canada in 2010.

Past Commissions include:

Clarks Desert Boots,
USA Tourism,
Range Rover,
Hyundai.
Anthropologie,
Amstel,
Absolut,
Movistar.

Jim is also well known as the founder of the traveling culinary feast Outstanding in the Field.

Jim's work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, GQ, Elle, The Surfers Journal, Outside, Wired U.K. and many other national and international publications.

Photography credit: Peter Hinson, Patrick Trefz, Jim Denevan

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

  • 2015
    "Solar Light Geometry," Faena Arts Center, Miami Beach, FL
  • 2015
    "Jim Denevan," Rydell Fellowship Recipient Show, R.Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
  • 2014
    "Sharjah Sun/Light," Islamic Arts Festival: Art and Science, Sharjah, U.A.E.
  • 2013
    "Solar Light Geometry," Laguna Beach Art Museum: Art and Nature Festival, Laguna Beach, CA
  • 2013
    "Dinner Parties: Art and Agriculture," Sesnon Gallery, UC Santa Cruz, CA
  • 2012
    "Swept away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and design," Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
  • 2012
    "Out of Line: A Show of Extended Drawing Practices," Richard L. Nelson Gallery & Fine Arts Collection, UC Davis, CA
  • 2012
    "Ripple Effect: The Art of H20," Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
  • 2010
    "The Artwork of: Jim Denevan," Windsor Art Gallery, Vero Beach, FL
  • 2010
    Vancouver Sculpture Biennale 2009-2011 Vancouver, Canada
  • 2010
    "Cielo/Sky Santa Cruz of Tenerife," Canary Islands, Spain
  • 2008
    "Sand: Memories, Meaning, and Metaphor," Parish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
  • 2008
    "Art Dinner," Instituto D'Arte di Porta Romano, Florence, Italy
  • 2007
    "National and International Projects: Jim Denevan/Ari Marcopolis," MoMA PS1, New York, NY
  • 2005
    "Catching the Waves," Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
  • 2005
    "Big Deal & Blow Up," Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

T.V. AND FILM

  • 2014
    "Inspired by Outstanding in the Field," Inspired Online Series, FYI.TV, A+E Networks
  • 2012
    Land of Dreams United States Tourism Video, Discover America, USA
  • 2011
    "Art Hard" a documentary film by Meredith Danluck
  • 2010
    "NG Wow!" National Geographic
  • 2009
    Jim Denevan, ARD German Television
  • 2009
    Muse: Steven Soderbergh, Marlene Dumas, Jim Denevan, Bloomberg Television
  • 2008
    Spark: KQED Arts: Profile - Jim Denevan, PBS television show
  • 2008
    "Jim's Lines," a film by Patrick Trefz
  • 2008
    "Only Natural," CBS News Sunday Morning
  • 2007
    ARTLAND USA, Season 2: Episode 6
  • 2007
    "Thread," a film by Patrick Trefz
  • 2006
    "Sandman," a documentary by Chesley Chen

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • 2015
    Cartier Art Magazine number 41
  • 2015
    "Boundless Images," Malibu Magazine, April
  • 2013
    Jane Szita, "Sand Drawings by Jim Denevan: Artist Elevates a Summer Occupation", Frame 93, July/August
  • 2013
    Leah Patterson, "Melting Masterpieces: Impressive Works of Art Made from Snow and Ice", The Atlantic Monthly, January 25
  • 2013
    "Fleeting Beauty", Conservation Magazine, June 10
  • 2012
    Alison Steingold, "Circle in the Sand", California Style, March 16
  • 2012
    Wall Spin, "Art (Not) Made to Last," July
  • 2012
    "Earthwatch," GreenSource, September/October
  • 2011
    "The Inspiring Work of Jim Denevan," Curator, November
  • 2010
    "Twists Extreme Earth," Ripley Publishing Co, Ltd
  • 2010
    Art LTD, March, April
  • 2010
    "On the Edge" Sunset Magazine, vol. 224, no. 3, March
  • 2010
    Courrier Magazine, (Japan) January
  • 2010
    Richard Cork, "BIG," Carlton Books Publishing
  • 2009
    Outside Magazine, 'Exposure' feature, December
  • 2009
    Wired UK, November
  • 2009
    Crossroad Magazine, (Hungary) September/October
  • 2009
    "Remained in Zone," City Magazine, (Italy) Summer
  • 2009
    Diarmuid Gavin's Garden Designs Magazine (Ireland)
  • 2009
    M-Zone Magazine (China)
  • 2009
    Blonde Magazine (Germany)
  • 2009
    OnEarth Magazine, Summer
  • 2009
    Go Outside Magazine (Brazil) June
  • 2009
    Balde Magazine (Spain) June/July
  • 2009
    Nickelodeon Magazine, August
  • 2009
    The Bear Deluxe Magazine, Summer
  • 2009
    Sight and Architecture, Graphic-sha Publishing Co, Ltd
  • 2009
    Thread, Powerhouse Books Publishing
  • 2008
    "The Wandering Chef," GQ Magazine, February
  • 2008
    "Jim Denevan," Lubricated Zine, February
  • 2008
    "Jim Denevan, The Sandman," Surfers Magazine, (Germany) April-May
  • 2008
    "Jim Denevan," blue surf & travel magazine, (Germany) June
  • 2008
    "Sandy Storm," Skin Magazine,(Jordan) August
  • 2008
    "Nothing Lasts Forever," Rugged Magazine, August
  • 2008
    Letabure Magazine, (Russia) September
  • 2008
    Adbusters, November/December
  • 2008
    Michael Welland, "Sand, the Neverending Story," University of California Press
  • 2008
    "Jim Denevan," Dumbo Feather, pass it on (Australia) Winter
  • 2007
    Surfer, January
  • 2007
    "Land art: Quand les artistes se mettent au vert," Arts Magazine, (France) June
  • 2007
    "L'Uomo Della Sabbia," Elle Magazine, (Italy) June
  • 2006
    "Visions of Earth," National Geographic, June
  • 2006
    "The Sand Man," California Style, June-July
  • 2006
    W Magazine, July
  • 2005
    "Sand Blast," The New York Times Magazine, August
  • 2005
    "Denevan's Wake," Surfer's Journal, August-September

BOOKS

  • 2008
    Outstanding in the Field: A Farm to Table Cookbook, Jim Denevan with Marah Stets

COMMISSIONS

  • 2015
    Clarks Boots, "The Desert Boot," Jean Dry Lake, Jean, Nevada
  • 2015
    Zazen Bear, Studio Matter, "Zen Garden," New York, NY
  • 2014
    Earth to Echo, Relativity Media, Water Drawing, Lucerne Dry Lake, California
  • 2011
    Amstel, "The Amstel Surfari," Mundaka, Spain
  • 2011
    Movistar Summer Experience 2011, Argentina
  • 2011
    Hyundai, "Make An Impression," Campaign, Australia
  • 2010
    Anthropologie, Drawing on Lake Baikal, Siberia
  • 2008
    Absolut Vodka, "In An Absolut World" Campaign, "In an Absolut World Cities Farm" Rockefeller Center, New York City, NY
  • 2006
    Land Rover/Range Rover, "Designed for the Extraordinary," television, print and billboard campaign, Point Conception, CA.

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS

  • 2011
    PINC.12, People Ideas Nature Creativity, Netherlands
  • 2011
    "Capita Selecta Series," Living Landscape Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, Netherlands
  • 2010
    "Opening Keynote Presentation," Opportunity, Diversity, Evolution, NJASLA Annual Meeting, Atlantic City, NJ
  • 2005
    "Catching the Waves," Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

BUSINESS

  • 1999
    ongoing. Outstanding in the Field, Founder and Creative Director