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