Rise Art: New Art Rental Site Let’s You Try Before You Buy

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Rise Art rentals are the best new way to get original art in your home. Choose from a selection of ready to hang original work from a highly curated selection of rising artists. Love the work? Keep it, with credits from rental applied towards purchase. If not, return it free of charge and try something new.

Why can’t finding art be friendly? Un-Intimidating? Dare we say it …Fun? We believe that owning original art from rising artists should be easy and affordable, even for people who aren’t art experts.

Discovering art on Rise Art is simple. Our curators and community scour the planet for talented rising artists, and curate a new selection of art releases each week.

Explore the site and choose from ready-to-hang paintings, photography & prints. Rent your favourite and try it in your home starting as low as £25 per month.

If you love the art, keep it. You can rent it for as long as you like or buy it using credit from your rental. Otherwise return the artwork or exchange it for something new at no additional charge.

“Buying art can be an overwhelming commitment — how can consumers be sure that the work they’ve seen on a website or in a gallery will look as good in their homes? ” Scott Phillips, who co-founded Rise Art with ex-Googler Marcos Steverlynck, said in a press release. “We want to open up the art market and help rising artists extend their visibility. On the ownership side, it shouldn’t only be accessible to the wealthy or the well-connected.”

While the service is currently only available to U.K. residents, founder Scott Phillips told Wired the company plans to expand internationally in the coming months. Phillips added that Rise Art already has a network of more than 1,500 artists from more than 30 countries.

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In March 2011, TIME magazine reported on a similar venture launched in New York called Artsicle.