How do you become an art collector? The answer is simple. You start collecting art.
Prints and multiples are the perfect place to start your journey as a collector. These works of art are generally more affordable than, say, paintings or photographs from the same artist. But a fine art print is not a poster. It is made, signed, and numbered by the artist and a good print in good condition can hold its value over time. Depending on the art and the artist, it can grow in value over time.
Some are produced in editions, meaning that there are a set number of identical, "multiple" works of art. The larger the edition, the more affordable any given print; the smaller the edition, the rarer it is. Other prints are monotypes, meaning that they are made in series using elements of the printing process but each print is one of a kind. These prints are the best of both worlds.
Becoming a collector is as simple as taking that first step and buying that first work of art. Prints and multiples are the perfect way for you to take that leap of faith.
Nālamakūikapō Ahsing is an interdisciplinary artist and printmaker to watch. Ahsing navigates decolonization and mediums of connectivity through Kanaka ʻŌiwi pattern, pigment and protocol. Centering ancestral ecological knowledge, he cultivates Indigenous life, land, and practices, envisioning futures rooted in bio-cultural abundance.
Ahsing is generously creating not one but two series of prints for Passage Arts, one series of ohe kapala monotype prints and one series of multiple block prints, which will be available exclusively on our website soon. Stay tuned to learn more about the artist, his story, and his work.
Images courtesy of Nālamakūikapō Ahsing, from the artist's forthcoming series of ohe kapala prints at Passage Arts © Nālamakūikapō Ahsing 2021