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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.

Noble Hardesty Art Print


Artwork for your walls. Swell Artist Collective and Gallery, Boise, Idaho.

Noble Hardesty Art Print


Noble Hardesty Art Print


Bagged and backed and ready for framing.

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Noble Hardesty is a contemporary artist residing in Boise, Idaho, where he is a co-owner of Swell Artist Collective. Originally from Eureka, California, he was a pretty spirited kid who loved to draw and paint. To his mother’s dismay, his artwork routinely adorned the floors and the walls, but it kept him busy and away from the electrical outlets and so he was encouraged to spend his hours honing his skills with artistry. Straddling a fine line between fantasy and reality, Hardesty’s work is an exploration of the blur in between. He’s constantly creating, driven by an indelible desire for proficiency and endlessly inspired by the verboten; tattoos, comic books, cartoons, lowbrow culture, pop culture, essentially anything that is supposed to be hands-off or taboo. His process often begins with a novel idea for a title as well as research to refine concepts into images. He works with several layers of various colored pencils to develop a sketch. Following a transfer to masonite or birch, he applies several layers of acrylic to create an under painting which is then embellished to create depth, shade, and movement. From the violent and visceral to the soft and romantic, his wide scope of subject matter incorporates movement, hard lines, and candy sweet colors.