Mumbaikars will now have the opportunity to jazz up their home décor. That too, with rented original works by India’s artists. Launched 15 days ago, Rent-N-Art, an online art gallery, offers artworks and sculptures by emerging and popular artists for hire. These works can be rented out for a minimum of three months. The rent varies from Rs 199 - Rs 5,999 per month.
“Original art is rare and usually costs a huge amount of money. By renting these artworks out, we hope to reach out to a wider audience that would normally not have access to good art pieces,” says Jayesh Soni, founder of Rent-N-Art, an initiative of Banana Creatives, a Mumbai-based design studio.
At the gallery, there are 250 paintings and six sculptures available for rent purposes, sculptures and paintings from artists like Umesh Dhote and Shailesh Shinde among them. For those on a limited budget, there is also the option of renting out paintings by emerging artists. “This isn’t restricted to a few artists. Anyone interested in renting out their artwork can approach us and we will help them rent it out,” says Soni.
The prices of the paintings vary depending on the artist - the works of emerging artists drawing a lesser sum and those of the better known ones, being priced higher. The cost for hiring a sculpture varies according to its market rate. “We have already received several enquiries for them,” says Soni.
While there is no restriction on the number of artworks rented out, the minimum rental period is three months. However, there is no limitation on the number of months one can keep them. The gallery also offers services of professional handlers who install the paintings for free. Also, for a small consultation fee, you can hire an expert or artist to visit your office to take photographs, measurements and sample colours of your space to cater the art according to your decor.
Soni feels that that there is a demand for such a venture in today’s Indian market. He says, “This is a year long business, not dependent on festivals. After all, people are always on the lookout for good art that can be put up on their walls.”