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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.   

Mike Flinn

Swell Artist Collective's Mike Flinn is primarily an oil painter but his long professional career includes cartooning, illustration and commercial art that spans more than 50 years and continues out of his studio in Boise, Idaho. Flinn grew up in Southern California and was initially inspired by the great cartoonists Rick Griffin and Ron Cobb whose work appeared in the underground press of the time. Much later he would be influenced by the work of the Surrealists in general and Dali in particular. He began painting in oils at age 21 and sold his very first canvas at a gallery in Belmont Shores for $25. In time, Flinn’s painting efforts were interrupted while he pursued a more lucrative commercial art career. He ran a successful shop in downtown Boise for a decade before moving operations to a home studio in the 90’s. Throughout this period Flinn’s work was published locally, nationally and internationally in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. But his love of color and painting brought him back to oils and soon he was invited to participate in a group show in 2002. At age 50 it was his first gallery presence in almost 30 years. Since then Flinn’s paintings have enjoyed wall space in dozens of exhibits and galleries. True to the belief that “repetition is hell”, Flinn swims in ever-changing styles, techniques and color combinations and accepts that there will never be enough time to learn how to paint.

Mike Flinn

 
 

Mike Flinn is primarily an oil painter but his long professional career includes cartooning, illustration and commercial art that spans more than 50 years and continues out of his studio in Boise, Idaho. Flinn grew up in Southern California and was initially inspired by the great cartoonists Rick Griffin and Ron Cobb whose work appeared in the underground press of the time. Much later he would be influenced by the work of the Surrealists in general and Dali in particular. He began painting in oils at age 21 and sold his very first canvas at a gallery in Belmont Shores for $25. In time, Flinn’s painting efforts were interrupted while he pursued a more lucrative commercial art career. He ran a successful shop in downtown Boise for a decade before moving operations to a home studio in the 90’s. Throughout this period Flinn’s work was published locally, nationally and internationally in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. But his love of color and painting brought him back to oils and soon he was invited to participate in a group show in 2002. At age 50 it was his first gallery presence in almost 30 years. Since then Flinn’s paintings have enjoyed wall space in dozens of exhibits and galleries. True to the belief that “repetition is hell”, Flinn swims in ever-changing styles, techniques and color combinations and accepts that there will never be enough time to learn how to paint.

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

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