About Ton Pret - The artist

Ton Pret style : colorful realism of a different reality, with a strong positive effect
Ton Pret is a painter artist with a very personal style, characterized by a very bold use of color, incredibly imaginative figures and an explosion of enthusiasm, spontaneity, passion and positivity. Influential people in the Dutch and international world of art, recognize a link with the COBRA style of last century, but a 21 century edition. Whatever you call it, it is clearly the “Ton Pret Style”. The style of Ton Pret is best described as “colorful realism of a different reality, with a strong positive effect”. With his work Ton wants to bring out the positive in you, by taking you to another reality, where positivity is the most important factor.

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 has no single artistic training, but is a pure autodidact who totally isn’t guided by rules or tendencies, but only follows his spontaneity and inexhaustible fantasy. The paintings of Ton are his transformation into another reality. With 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, galleries in Ascona, The Louvre museum in Paris, galleries in Barcelona and the Rotterdam Kunsthal museum. Not only his paintings and sculptures are sought after by collectors and enthusiasts, but also his famous art shoes, jeans, jackets, watches, design furniture etc have become true collector items. For this reason Ton designed special art shoes for Dutch most exclusive shoe brand Greve and also for the catwalk in Paris. Even the Dutch Shoes Museum added some art high heels 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. For 2020 there will be some nice new projects, like the famous Dutch BID event in The Hague and the “Veiling Festival” also in The Hague. But the highlight of 2020 will be a big exhibition in a top European museum. More to come so stay tuned.

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 driving artwork. Ton also did some furniture design and some really serious designers are working with him in collaboration and even the famous Alessandro Mendini was interested in a collaboration. Other very special pieces of art, are a hand painted design bath tube for a design company and an original Fender Stratocaster in collaboration with the famous French guitaris Jean-Pierre Danel, Brian May (QUEEN) and Steve Lukather (TOTO), Hank Marvin (SHADOWS) and French superstar Jean-Jacques Goldman. Further on art editions of the famous Philippe Starck chairs, an art edition of an Italian design bike for Duedipicche and some very special glasses and sunglasses for America. In 2020 some very special NIKE based art balls will see the light and lot more to come.

Ton Pret is also a “proud member” of the prestigious Founders Carbon Network: http://fcn-nl.com/

Two exhibitions during the LUCI D'ARTISTA 2019/2020

Ton Pret artist highlights

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 :

More news about Ton Pret

Work by Ton Pret in the Paris Louvre museum

Ton Pret has been asked 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 received the Premio Charlot 2019

On July 21, Ton Pret received in Salerno, Italy the prestigious Premio Charlot 2019/Charlot Award 2019. In front of an impressive audience of 2000 people, he received the award from Claudio and GianlucaTortora, the directors of Teatro delle Arti and the Premio Charlot. Ton Pret is the first painter artist in 30 years, who received this prestigious award. In November Ton Pret will surprise the city of Salerno with an impressive art project, in cooperation with art director and designer Antonio Perotti.

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