Karl Fritsch

Germany-New Zealand, b. 1963

Karl Fritsch is a German-born, New Zealand based artist renowned for his iconoclastic reinterpretations of jewellery tradition.  Using precious materials, his forms yet challenge notions of materiality, value and beauty. His highly covetable rings have seen him win numerous awards and become a cult figure in contemporary jewellery. Fritsch began his education at the Goldsmiths School in Pforzheim and later studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich under Professors Hermann Jünger and Professor Otto Künzli. Fritsch exhibits internationally and has had his work included in public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the National Gallery of Victoria.

“What I find really fascinating, and one of the reasons why it’s so interesting to make jewellery, is the moment of recognition when something that comes across cute and pretty has on second glimpse an almost obscene grotesqueness.”

Karl Fritsch, 2010

 



Ring #285, 2014, 18k gold, coloured diamonds

More work by Karl Fritsch

Ring #285 by Karl Fritsch Ring #285, 2014, 18k gold, coloured diamonds
Ring #272 by Karl Fritsch Ring #272, 2008, blackened silver, malachite
Ring #380 by Karl Fritsch Ring #380, 2013, 9k gold, diamonds
Ring #327 by Karl Fritsch Ring #327, 2010, blackened silver, ruby, diamond, emerald
Ring #390 by Karl Fritsch Ring #390, 2012, 18k gold
Ring #401 by Karl Fritsch Ring #401, 2007, 18k palladium white gold
Ring #254 by Karl Fritsch Ring #254, 2010, blackened silver, black diamonds
Ring #392 by Karl Fritsch Ring #392, 2013, 18k gold, diamonds
Bracelet by Karl Fritsch Bracelet, 2011, blackened silver, tourmaline
Ring #393 by Karl Fritsch Ring #393, 2013, 18k gold, diamonds
Ring #312 by Karl Fritsch Ring #312, 2011, 14k gold
Ring #325 by Karl Fritsch Ring #325, 2010, blackened silver, ruby
Ring #314 by Karl Fritsch Ring #314, 2011, 14k gold
Ring #305 by Karl Fritsch Ring #305, 2014, blackened silver, cubic zirconia
Ring #308 by Karl Fritsch Ring #308, 2011, 18k palladium white gold, ruby, agate, tourmaline
Ring #311 by Karl Fritsch Ring #311, 2010, 18k gold
Ring #319 by Karl Fritsch Ring #319, 2011, silver, copper, gold, brass, diamond, rubies, sapphires
Ring #376 by Karl Fritsch Ring #376, 2013, 9k palladium white gold, diamonds, blue CZ
Ring #331 by Karl Fritsch Ring #331, 2012, blackened silver, steel
Ring #378 by Karl Fritsch Ring #378, 1995, 18k gold
Ring #362 by Karl Fritsch Ring #362, 2015, silver, niello, diamonds
Ring #328 by Karl Fritsch Ring #328, 2013, silver, brass, diamond
Ring #332 by Karl Fritsch Ring #332, 2012, blackened silver, steel
Ring #294 by Karl Fritsch Ring #294, 2011, silver, sapphires
Ring #348 by Karl Fritsch Ring #348, 2009, blackened silver, rubies
Ring #351 by Karl Fritsch Ring #351, 2011, 18k gold, orange garnets
Ring #368 by Karl Fritsch Ring #368, 2004, silver, rubies
Ring #247 by Karl Fritsch Ring #247, 2010, 14k gold
Ring #300 by Karl Fritsch Ring #300, 2012, silver, brass, stone
Ring #365 by Karl Fritsch Ring #365, 2015, blackened silver, fine silver
Ring #360 by Karl Fritsch Ring #360, 2015, 18k gold, yellow diamonds
Ring #363 by Karl Fritsch Ring #363, 2015, silver, niello, diamonds
Ring #364 by Karl Fritsch Ring #364, 2015, silver, diamonds, rubies, cubic zironia
Ring #402 by Karl Fritsch Ring #402, 2009, 18k gold
Ring #306 by Karl Fritsch Ring #306, 2014, silver, black diamond, ruby, sapphire
Ring #358 by Karl Fritsch Ring #358, 2015, platinum, diamonds
Ring #374 by Karl Fritsch Ring #374, 2008, gold plated silver
Ring #291 by Karl Fritsch Ring #291, 2007, blackened silver, diamonds
Ring #373 by Karl Fritsch Ring #373, 2013, silver, cubic zirconias
Ring #369 by Karl Fritsch Ring #369, 2009, silver, rubies
Ring #295 by Karl Fritsch Ring #295, 2011, blackened silver, peridots
Ring #315 by Karl Fritsch Ring #315, 2004, blackened silver, glass, enamel paint
Ring #252 by Karl Fritsch Ring #252, 1999, silver, emeralds
Ring #359 by Karl Fritsch Ring #359, 2015, 18k gold, green diamond
Ring #361 by Karl Fritsch Ring #361, 2015, 9k palladium white gold, diamonds
Ring #338 by Karl Fritsch Ring #338, 2014, aluminium, cubic zirconia
Ring #346 by Karl Fritsch Ring #346, 2014, aluminium, cubic zirconia
Ring #307 by Karl Fritsch Ring #307, 2013, 18k gold, diamond

Exhibitions

Yodel

July 8 to August 9, 2014

Gallery Funaki presents a new body of work from Karl Fritsch.  Selected works will also be shown from a recent collaboration between Fritsch and Auckland based photographer Gavin Hipkins.

Die Allgäuer Ringmaschine

September 3 to 15, 2012

Collected with passion by fashion and art movers and shakers, and awarded the highest honours in contemporary jewellery, Fritsch’s work is also held in public collections worldwide.

Freeling

June 8 to July 3, 2010

“I will be showing my first ‘made in New Zealand’ pieces. I’ve just built my own workshop in Wellington and am still keen to build more things. I like it.”