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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.   

John Irwin

Swell Artist Collective’s John Irwin graduated with a BFA in design with a strong focus on illustration. He is greatly influenced in various Asian styles, folk lore and culture. Myths and story telling are other key elements that play a large part in his passion. It is evident when you see his art and witness firsthand the story telling within itself. The ability to always imagine, create and improve is what makes him a remarkable illustrator.

 

John Irwin


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John Irwin graduated with a BFA in design with a strong focus on illustration. He is greatly influenced in various Asian styles, folk lore and culture. Myths and story telling are other key elements that play a large part in his passion. It is evident when you see his art and witness firsthand the story telling within itself. The ability to always imagine, create and improve is what makes him a remarkable illustrator.

Growing into his craft over the years had created a sense of artistic lust with advancing the details in his illustrations along with his photography and ideography. He is constantly seeking new styles and diversifying his portfolio. From fast paced night life promotional media to traveling across the world creating stories of individuals on their own journey, he has continued to expand the vision for JAIillustrated.

The brand philosophy is inspired by the Maneki Niko, The Beckoning Cat, is a symbol of good fortune and luck. It embodies the idea that sometimes you have to wait for your fortune to unfold and the good comes with time. You just have to wait for the calling or become it. Lust for your dreams, beckon them.

More work can be found on: www.jaiillustrated.com