About Ton Pret - The artist

Danubiana museum: Sometimes Dreams come true
Danubiana museum
Ton Pret on cover Ferrari Cavallino Magazine

Sometimes dreams come true. Ton Pret’s solo exhibition at the impressive Danubiana museum in Bratislava, would have taken place from May 12 to June 21, 2020. Unfortunately, due to the COVID19 crisis, the exhibition has  been rescheduled to a date yet to be determined in 2025. We hope to provide you with new information as soon as possible, but the dream will definitely come true.

Another dream came true in 2024: my art on the double cover of the iconic Ferrari Cavallino Magazine, with a 20 pages interview inside. The Ton Pret Ferrari Art Car goes America.

And more to come!

Ton Pret style : colorful realism of a different reality, with strong, positive vibes.
Ton Pret

Ton Pret is a painter artist with a very personal style, characterized by a very bold use of colour, incredibly imaginative figures and an explosion of spontaneity, passion and positivity. Influential people in the world of art describe the style of Ton Pret as “exponent of COBRA, 21 century edition.” Whatever you call it, it is clearly his own “Ton Pret Style”. The style of Ton Pret is best described as “colorful realism of a different reality”. With his work he wants to bring out the positive in you, by taking you to another reality of his imagination.

Although as a child Ton drew a lot, molded and did other forms of creativity, it took many years before he decided to become a painter artist. From one day to another, he knocked over the helm and has followed his heart. He also had no artistic training, but is a pure autodidact who totally isn’t guided by rules or tendencies, but only follows his inexhaustible fantasy. The paintings of Ton are his transformation of the real world, into another reality: the reality of his imagination. Thanks to his paintings, he gives the viewer the opportunity to share this other reality. The viewer is token to another dimension and experience, which gives a certain feeling of  happiness.

In a very short time, Ton became well known in the world of art and his work was also seen in the famous Amsterdam Beurs van Berlage, the Fortezza da Basso in Florence, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, The Louvre museum in Paris, the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam, the Dutch Shoes museum, Amsterdam museum of Bags and Purses, the Triennale di Milano Design museum, the Super Studio of the Milan Design Week and in 2024 or 2025 a solo exhibition in the wonderful Danubiana museum in Bratislava. Unfortunately the solo exhibition in the Danubiana museum is, due to the Corona crisis, moved to a date determined in 2024 or 2025. Not only his paintings and sculptures are sought after by collectors, art lovers and enthusiasts, but also his famous art shoes, jeans, jackets, watches etc have become true collector items. Ton designed special art shoes for Dutch exclusive shoe brands Greve and Van den Assem  and also high heels for the catwalk in Paris. Even the Dutch Shoes Museum added some art high heels and art boots to their collection and his art edition of the Michael Kors handbag, is added to the collection of the Dutch Museum of Bags & Purses in Amsterdam. His art edition All Stars sneakers, are highly apprecitated by many. And last but not least: The Ton Pret Ferrari Art Car, which is sold to a high end art collector in New York and is now on double cover of the prestigious Ferrari Cavallino Magazine edition 260, with a 20 pages interview.

 Among his clients are well known collectors and celebrities, who also appreciate his work and even one of them let Ton painted his Ferrari 355 GTS in a real piece of fast driving artwork. Ton also did some furniture design and some really serious designers/architects like Alessandro Mendini (RIP) and Alessandro Guerriero (designers of Groninger museum) were impressed and wanted to collaborate with him. Other special pieces of art design, are a real Fender Stratocaster in collaboration with the famous French guitaris Jean-Pierre Danel, Brian May (QUEEN),  Steve Lukather (TOTO), Hank Marvin (SHADOWS) and French superstar Jean-Jacques Goldman. Also he did some art editions of the famous Philippe Starck chairs, art edition of an Italian design bike, very special art edition glasses and sunglasses, art edition bath tubes, art edition kitchen and many more. Besides the paintings and other art objects in 2020 some very special NIKE based art balls had been done. Ton was also interviewed by the famous Pravda newspaper and had a wonderful interview in the special December issue of the luxery magazine of The National, the largest English newspaper in the United Arabic Emirates/Abu Dhabi/Dubai. For 2023 we will see what will happen according the Danubiana exhibition but Ton is also collaborating with great Italian designer Alessandro Guerriero, with a special project of 3D printed sculptures, called “Familiar Faces” which will be exhibited at the great Shenzhen World  Exhibition Center in the Design Pavilion Dome in 2022 and in 2023 at the Milan Design Week. Probably later an exhibition in the Triennale di Milano Design Museum . More to come and thumbs up.

Two exhibitions during the LUCI D'ARTISTA SALERNO, ITALY 2019/2020

Ton Pret artist highlights

Gerard Meulensteen with the painting "Follow your dream"

Ton Pret has made an unique painting in commission, for the permanent collection of the prestigious Danubiana museum in Bratislava. Soon more information about his exhibition, so stay tuned.

Photo: Gerard Meulensteen, founder of the Danubiana museum, with the painting “Follow your dream”

Double exhibition Ton Pret in Salerno

During the “LUCI D’ARTISTA 2019/2020”, a great event with more than 2 million visitors. The exhibitions will take place from November 28 till December 30 at the famous Teatro Delle Arti and beautiful Villa Cararra.

The exhibitions are organized by the city of Salerno with art director Antonio Perotti.

Exhibition la triennale di Milano 2018

The world-famous designer Alessandro Guerriero – founder of the Milan design avandgarde Alchemia – asked Ton Pret to make a design of the human being. Ton has opted for “power through simplicity” and used waste materials such as wood, metal and old construction toys. They found the result so successful in Milan that Ton was asked to included his design in the exhibition of the impressive “La Triennale di Milano”, the design museum of Italy.

Ton’s design stands between the designs of great designers such as Alessandro Guerriero, Alessandro Mendini, Michelle de Lucchi, Antonio Perotti and many other designers with a great track record. It is understandable that Ton is very honored and super happy. On photo 1 Alessandro Guerriero with the design and on photo 2 Ton himself with his creation.

Spoleto Art Festival award 2017

From 22-09-2017 until 25-09-2017, the famous Spoleto Art Festival occurred in the beautiful, cultural, Italian city of Spoleto. Next to his exhibition, artist Ton Pret is awarded, at this grand art festival, with an international award.

Ton Pret is very honored, but is also very honored that the organization chose to use his painting on posters, bills and catalog.

Ton Pret exhibition: Pop Art Sylt

An exhibition “POP ART SYLT”, which is held on the beautiful German island of Sylt; also known as the Hamptons of Germany. The major part of the “Neue Bootshalle” will be filled with the artwork of Ton Pret.

 

From June 14 / June 29 2017
Neue Bootshalle, Am Hafen, List auf Sylt info :
https://www.vanlit-diluca.com

More news about Ton Pret

Danubiana museum and museum Jan visit Ton Pret Art studio

Danubiana museum and museum Jan visit Ton Pret Art studio

I was very honored and happy that Gerard Meulensteen of the Danubiana Meulensteen Art museum in Bratislava, his new advisor Eric Verhagen and the great artists Jan Verschoor and Rob Brünnmayer, founders of Museum JAN in Amstelveen, visited my art studio. Talking about art and life, viewing art and also have a preview of my painting in commission for the Danubiana museum. Always nice to meet positive, inspiring people who enjoy life and art

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Work by Ton Pret in the Paris Louvre museum

Ton Pret was asked in 2011 to be part of the Dutch delegation that represents the Netherlands for the first time at the exhibition in the famous Louvre museum in Paris. The exhibition was a great success for Ton Pret in several respects, not only was his work sold but he also received new commissions and his art was in the spotlight, during the visit of the Dutch ambassador in France, Hugo Siblesz;  supplemented by a delegation of the Wereldomroep.

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Ton Pret Ferrari Art Car

Ton Pret Ferrari Art Car

For a customer who wanted to have a Ferrari that nobody have, Ton transformed in 2011 a yellow Ferrari 355 GTS into a piece of real fast art. Thanks to the cooperation with the Dutch Ferrari Body Shop, Ton manage the project in 7 weeks with only one single small brush. The Ferrari Art Car was unveiled at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, during the Open Art Fair in the presence of Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende. In 2022 the Ferrari Art Car was sold to a high end art and car collector in New York.

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3D sculpture Fruitmachine project with famous designer Alessandro Guerriero

Ton Pret at the Shenzhen World Exhibition Center

Together with the famous Italian designer Alessandro Guerriero and a family of other designers and artists, I am part of this great exhibition in the Design Pavilion Dome with our exhibition called “Familiar Faces”. This exhibiton will take place from July 25 till July 28 at the wonderful Shenzhen World Exhibition Center. My design is called “The Slot/Fruit Machine”: a 3D printed sculpture, part of the “Familiar Faces”.

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Interview Ton Pret December 2020 edition The National Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Interview Ton Pret December 2020 edition The National Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Ton Pret was asked by The National, the most important daily newspaper of the UAE/Abu Dhabi/Dubai, for an interview in the December issue of their Luxury Magazine. He feels very proud and happy. With the Middle East, Ton Pret his art is covering the world more and more. https://www.thenationalnews.com/lifestyle/luxury/inside-artist-ton-pret-s-wonder-filled-world-my-wife-tells-me-i-never-grow-up-1.1166735 Thanks to Keith Fernandez for the interview

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