Born in Sonthofen, Germany, 1963
My approach to designing jewelry is very much based on the making...I keep testing what [metals] allow me to do and what they are comfortable with. When I start making, my brain starts joining in and ideas evolve within the process..there is an important element of accident. — Karl Fritsch
Karl Fritsch is a German-born, New Zealand based artist renowned for his iconoclastic reinterpretations of jewelry tradition. Using precious materials – gold, diamonds, sapphires – alongside semiprecious and synthetic stones, silver and even aluminum, 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 jewelry.
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 jewelry 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.
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