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

Work for sale

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.”

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.