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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's historic downtown. Formed in November of 2015 and managed by artists Julia GreenNoble HardestyKelly Knopp, Stuart Holland, and Victor A. Jimenez, Swell is located on the lower level of the Old Mercantile Building in Boise's BoDo district. 

By combining their individual artistic practices and ideas into a common space, the five artists' 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.   

James Titus McKain

Swell Artist Collective’s James Titus McKain is an illustrator, graphic designer and web designer. Art grabbed hold of him at a young age, but it wasn't until after high school that he decided to pursue it as a career. After returning home from the military he realized it was time to attend Boise State University to complete his Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Illustration. Shortly after graduating he worked as a freelance graphic design artist until he established a career with a local creative agency as a designer. As an illustration artist, he is active in the Boise, Idaho art community working along side fellow artists to bring quality art to the public. He primarily works with graphite pencils and acrylic paints, though he has explored other traditional medias including ink, oil, charcoal and mixed media. McKain's work is focused on metaphor and darker themes of the human condition, creating loose narratives for the viewer to follow. Ultimately he likes to allow the viewers to project themselves into each illustration and find their own meaning. www.james-titus-mckain-illustration.com

JAMES TITUS MCKAIN


James Titus McKain is an illustrator, graphic designer and web designer. Art grabbed hold of him at a young age, but it wasn't until after high school that he decided to pursue it as a career. After returning home from the military he realized it was time to attend Boise State University to complete his Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Illustration. Shortly after graduating he worked as a freelance graphic design artist until he established a career with a local creative agency as a designer. As an illustration artist, he is active in the Boise, Idaho art community working along side fellow artists to bring quality art to the public. He primarily works with graphite pencils and acrylic paints, though he has explored other traditional medias including ink, oil, charcoal and mixed media. McKain's work is focused on metaphor and darker themes of the human condition, creating loose narratives for the viewer to follow. Ultimately he likes to allow the viewers to project themselves into each illustration and find their own meaning.

More work can be found on: www.james-titus-mckain-illustration.com

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