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Guest Curator: FAD Magazine's Mark Westall

Art is expensive... Why not rent it? The founder of FAD Magazine Mark Westall picks his favourite art from our latest collection, and shares his thoughts on art rental.

By Mark Westall | 06 Dec 2012

I'm a big fan of collecting, owning and hanging art in my home. But when it comes to getting work from some of the biggest names in art, let's just say that my personal art fund won't be competing for any scarce works anytime soon. This is why I love the concept of renting. What better way to get work in your home, without shelling out the big bucks. I've done a collection on Rise Art which shares some of my favourites.

Tick It, Tock it, Turn it True. is an etching inspired by the poem the Man with the Blue Guitar by the American poet Wallace Stevens. It also Inspired Picasso's Blue Period. So Its an interesting etching with lots of cultural references and its a David Hockney you can rent for a fraction of the price. What more do you want?

David Hockney

Tick It, Tock it, Turn it True. by David Hockney


Then we have Takashi Murakami I'm not as into him as I was about four years ago when he burst onto the scene with collaborations with Pharrel Williams and Louis Vuitton but I still love big smiley faces  and for less than £100 a month! Awesome. 


And Then And Then And Rust Red by Takashi Murakami


Then lets cut to some great emerging artists. I love Chris Shaw Hughes' meticulous attention to detail and the scale of this work. He reminds me a bit of Paul Noble who has been nominated for the Turner Prize but thankfully there's no crap in the drawings and they are of real places. I did just say 'a bit'.

Chris Shaw Hughes

New Pharaohs - The Great Deciever by Chris Shaw Hughes


And Finally  A spin painting, but in my mind so much BETTER than Damien Hirst. Rent this great spin painting from Mark Chadwick for only £45 a month. It's so more organic, real than then the sterilised spin paintings that you get from the DH studio. Which is really interesting when you realise its been created using machinery. Is the machine more 'human' than the artist assistant? (Just when it comes to painting obviously!) 

Mark Chadwick

Spin Painting 24 by Mark Chadwick


Every home deserves some real art. I love that this rentals concept means I'll actually be able to afford some of it.

Mark Westall is founder of FAD Magazine.

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