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404 South 8th Street Suite L105
Boise, ID, 83702

Swell Artist Collective is an open studio and Art Gallery located in Boise, Idaho’s historic downtown, on the lower level of the Old Mercantile Building in The BoDo District.

By combining individual artistic practices and ideas into a common space, their mission revolves around creating a vibrant studio and gallery environment that is open to the public and intent on helping bolster the community's rapidly-growing arts culture. Swell will be host to both First Thursday and independently organized artistic events while maintaining hours of operation during which people can visit.

D'Arcy Bellamy

Swell Artist Collective's D’Arcy Bellamy transforms steel pipe into abstract, kinetic sculptures. He has a unique method for creating his sculpture.  Most metal sculptors work in an additive process- combining separate elements and welding them together until the work is complete. Bellamy works in a method he calls “subtractive fabrication.” With this technique, he works much like a stone carver. Using a plasma cutter he removes material from the pipe, adding only space until the work reveals itself. Grinding and polishing completes the fabrication process. Sometimes color and glosses are added; other times the work is allowed to rust or patina naturally. Some of his work takes the form of simple shapes like spirals which are often created spontaneously. Other pieces are considerably more complex. There is very little rework of the cutting and bending process; in this way Bellamy's process is very committed- similar to an artists’ sketch pad. The structure of the pipe provides just the right degree of constraints for the creative process to flourish. A variety of found objects and shapes are sometimes incorporated as bases or for visual interest and as a balance point.

D'Arcy Bellamy


D’Arcy Bellamy transforms steel pipe into abstract, kinetic sculptures. He has a unique method for creating his sculpture.  Most metal sculptors work in an additive process- combining separate elements and welding them together until the work is complete. Bellamy works in a method he calls “subtractive fabrication.” With this technique, he works much like a stone carver. Using a plasma cutter he removes material from the pipe, adding only space until the work reveals itself. Grinding and polishing completes the fabrication process. Sometimes color and glosses are added; other times the work is allowed to rust or patina naturally. Some of his work takes the form of simple shapes like spirals which are often created spontaneously. Other pieces are considerably more complex. There is very little rework of the cutting and bending process; in this way Bellamy's process is very committed- similar to an artists’ sketch pad. The structure of the pipe provides just the right degree of constraints for the creative process to flourish. A variety of found objects and shapes are sometimes incorporated as bases or for visual interest and as a balance point.

During his career, Bellamy's metal sculptures have naturally evolved to reflect many of the principles of Zen Aesthetics and Wabi-Sabi. Wabi-Sabi represents an aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. Characteristics of this school of design include asymmetry, irregularity, subtlety, and simplicity; it often appreciates the natural weathering and aging process. Much of his work utilizes “Li Patterns”. These simple, efficient patterns frequently occur in nature, such as the spiral, branching and riverine patterns, flowers, bubbles, Fibonacci geometry, animal camouflage patterns, and even cellular patterns.  

More work can be found here: www.darcybellamy.com

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