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 – gold, diamonds, sapphires – alongside semi-precious and synthetic stones, silver and even aluminium, Karl’s forms challenge accepted notions of preciousness and beauty with wit and irreverence. His highly covetable rings have seen him win numerous awards, including the Francoise van den Bosch Award (2006), and become a cult figure in contemporary jewellery.

 

Karl 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 Otto Künzli. Fritsch exhibits internationally, at fine art galleries and jewellery galleries alike. His work has been acquired by leading international museums and public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Pinakothek of Modern Art, Munich; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum Turnov/Czech Republic; Museum of Decorative Arts, Montréal/Canada; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Auckland Museum, New Zealand and Te Papa National Museum, Wellington.

 

“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

 



Ring, 2017, aluminium, cubic zirconia

More work by Karl Fritsch

Ring #700 by Karl Fritsch Ring #700 , 2019, silver, sapphires ,
Ring #443 by Karl Fritsch Ring #443 , 2018, 18k gold, 14k gold, diamonds ,
Ring #001 by Karl Fritsch Ring #001 , 1993, 18k gold ,
Ring #305 by Karl Fritsch Ring #305 , 2014, silver, cubic zirconia ,
Ring #401 by Karl Fritsch Ring #401 , 2007, 18k palladium white gold ,
Ring #432 by Karl Fritsch Ring #432 , 2018, silver, 9k gold ,
Ring #328 by Karl Fritsch Ring #328 , 2013, silver, brass, diamonds ,
Ring #319 by Karl Fritsch Ring #319 , 2011, silver, copper, gold, brass, diamond, rubies, sapphires ,
Ring #393 by Karl Fritsch Ring #393 , 2013, 18k gold, diamonds ,
Ring #291 by Karl Fritsch Ring #291 , 2007, silver, diamonds ,
Ring #361 by Karl Fritsch Ring #361 , 2015, 9k palladium white gold, diamonds ,
Ring #254 by Karl Fritsch Ring #254 , 2010, blackened silver, black diamonds ,
Ring #431 by Karl Fritsch Ring #431 , 2017, silver ,
Ring #364 by Karl Fritsch Ring #364 , 2015, silver, niello, coloured diamonds ,
Ring #294 by Karl Fritsch Ring #294 , 2011, silver, sapphires ,
Ring #437 by Karl Fritsch Ring #437 , 2017, Roman bronze ring (BC) ,
Ring #377 by Karl Fritsch Ring #377 , 2013, 9k palladium white gold, red diamond, cubic zirconia ,
Ring #397 by Karl Fritsch Ring #397 , 2011, silver, diamond, rubies, sapphires, peridot ,
Ring #416 by Karl Fritsch Ring #416 , 2017, silver ,
Ring #418 by Karl Fritsch Ring #418 , 2017, 9k gold ,
Ring #419 by Karl Fritsch Ring #419 , 2017, silver ,
Ring #425 by Karl Fritsch Ring #425 , 2017, silver, sapphires, diamonds ,
Ring #468 by Karl Fritsch Ring #468 , 2019, silver, cubic zirconia ,
Ring #441 by Karl Fritsch Ring #441 , 2013, silver, diamonds ,
Ring #442 by Karl Fritsch Ring #442 , 2018, 18k gold ,
Ring #430 by Karl Fritsch Ring #430 , 2017, shibuichi ,
Ring #486 by Karl Fritsch Ring #486 , 2019, 9k palladium white gold, rubies ,
Ring #412 by Karl Fritsch Ring #412 , 2016, silver, niello, gold quartz ,
Ring #421 by Karl Fritsch Ring #421 , 2017, silver, sapphires ,
Ring #454 by Karl Fritsch Ring #454 , 2019, 9k gold, orange sapphire, cubic zirconia ,
Ring #451 by Karl Fritsch Ring #451 , 2019, 9k palladium white gold, cubic zirconia ,
Ring #453 by Karl Fritsch Ring #453 , 2019, silver, cubic zirconia ,
Ring #463 by Karl Fritsch Ring #463 , 2019, 9k palladium white gold ,
Ring #460 by Karl Fritsch Ring #460 , 2019, silver, niello, synthetic ruby ,
Ring #458 by Karl Fritsch Ring #458 , 2019, silver, cubic zirconia ,
Ring #455 by Karl Fritsch Ring #455 , 2019, 18k gold, cubic zirconia ,
Ring #470 by Karl Fritsch Ring #470 , 2019, 9k gold, cubic zirconia ,
Ring #346 by Karl Fritsch Ring #346 , 2014, aluminium, cubic zirconia ,
Ring #347 by Karl Fritsch Ring #347 , 2014, aluminium, cubic zirconia ,
Ring #338 by Karl Fritsch Ring #338 , 2014, aluminium, cubic zirconia ,
Ring #471 by Karl Fritsch Ring #471 , 2019, silver, cubic zirconia ,
Ring #472 by Karl Fritsch Ring #472 , 2019, silver, ruby ,
Ring #494 by Karl Fritsch Ring #494 , 2019, silver, chrysoprase ,

Exhibitions

KARL & LISA

14 May - 15 June, 2019

Karl Fritsch and Lisa Walker have been at the forefront of contemporary jewellery for over 20 years, constantly pushing and questioning what jewellery is and can be.

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.

20/20

October 6 - 31, 2015

Gallery Funaki celebrates its 20th anniversary with an exhibition by some of our longest-standing artists.

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.”

2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery

August 24 - September 24, 2016

The Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery is a biennial international Award that showcases excellence in international and Australian contemporary jewellery.  35 artists have been shortlisted from an international field of 413 entries from 48 countries.