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 #434, 2017, silver, carnelian

More work by Karl Fritsch

Ring #443 by Karl Fritsch Ring #443 , 2018, 18k gold, 14k gold, diamonds ,
Ring #308 by Karl Fritsch Ring #308 , 2011, 18k palladium white gold, ruby, agate, tourmaline ,
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 #348 by Karl Fritsch Ring #348 , 2009, silver, rubies ,
Ring #435 by Karl Fritsch Ring #435 , 2018, 9k red gold, diamonds ,
Ring #368 by Karl Fritsch Ring #368 , 2004, silver, rubies ,
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 #343 by Karl Fritsch Ring #343 , 2014, aluminium, cubic zirconia ,
Ring #346 by Karl Fritsch Ring #346 , 2014, aluminium, cubic zirconia ,
Ring #364 by Karl Fritsch Ring #364 , 2015, silver, niello, coloured diamonds ,
Ring #410 by Karl Fritsch Ring #410 , 2016, 9k palladium white gold, diamond ,
Ring #429 by Karl Fritsch Ring #429 , 2018, 8k gold, diamonds, garnets ,
Ring #294 by Karl Fritsch Ring #294 , 2011, silver, sapphires ,
Ring #437 by Karl Fritsch Ring #437 , 2017, Roman bronze ring (BC) ,
Ring #371 by Karl Fritsch Ring #371 , 2006, silver, diamonds ,
Ring #441 by Karl Fritsch Ring #441 , 2013, silver, diamonds ,
Ring #403 by Karl Fritsch Ring #403 , 2013, 9k palladium white gold, diamonds ,
Ring #434 by Karl Fritsch Ring #434 , 2017, silver, carnelian ,
Ring #377 by Karl Fritsch Ring #377 , 2013, 9k palladium white gold, red diamond, cubic zirconia ,
Ring #418 by Karl Fritsch Ring #418 , 2017, 9k gold ,
Ring #423 by Karl Fritsch Ring #423 , 2017, silver, cubic zirconia ,
Ring #416 by Karl Fritsch Ring #416 , 2017, silver ,
Ring #433 by Karl Fritsch Ring #433 , 2018, silver, rubies ,
Ring #419 by Karl Fritsch Ring #419 , 2017, silver ,
Ring #425 by Karl Fritsch Ring #425 , 2017, silver, sapphires, diamonds ,
Ring #397 by Karl Fritsch Ring #397 , 2011, silver, diamond, rubies, sapphires, peridot ,
Ring #442 by Karl Fritsch Ring #442 , 2018, 18k gold ,
Ring #430 by Karl Fritsch Ring #430 , 2017, shibuichi ,
Ring #422 by Karl Fritsch Ring #422 , 2017, silver, cubic zirconia ,
Ring #421 by Karl Fritsch Ring #421 , 2017, silver, sapphires ,
Ring #412 by Karl Fritsch Ring #412 , 2016, silver, niello, gold quartz ,
Ring #402 by Karl Fritsch Ring #402 , 2009, 18k gold ,

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.”

20/20

October 6 - 31, 2015

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

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.