Artsicle makes it easy for anyone to become an art collector

Stepping into the word of art collecting can be a costly and difficult experience, especially for the uninitiated. New York City-based Artsicle, which is launching today, aims to help anyone kickstart their art collections with its carefully chosen selection of original art.

And for New York City residents, Artsicle offers a truly unique service: original art rentals that let you try out a piece in your home before you commit to purchasing it.

The site lets you explore original art without dealing with stuffy galleries that may not take new collectors seriously. Artsicle seeks out relatively unknown artists for its collection, with most pieces selling between $500 and $1,500. Rental pieces cost $50 per month for NYC residents.

Artsicle joins other online art marketplaces like Art.sy. It differs with its focus on up and coming artists and its rental option. The latter is something that certain high-end galleries offer their best customers, but it’s rarely an option for new collectors. It’s a particularly great option for those who refuse to commit to bigger art purchases, or who just need a classy piece of art for a dinner party.

The site was founded by two young New York City entrepreneurs, Alexis Tryon (who serves as CEO) and Scott Carleton (who serves as CTO). They’ve been working on Artsicle since last summer, and it was officially founded in November 2010. It’s entirely bootstrapped so far, and the staff consists of the founders and an intern.

Photo via Kenneth Paul Lesko