Name: Ton Pret
Where do you live: The Hague, the Netherlands.
Known for: Paintings, design and special art objects.
Currently working on:
Paintings, design chairs, sculptures, glasses and too much to tell.
When did you realize that you were going to work with this?
Some 10 years ago.
If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why?
I am not the person to choose only one place, I just love my freedom to much.
How would you describe your creativity?
Genial and inexhaustible, although I know that’s not the answer you can say about yourself. But I am just honest haha.
How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
Some 10 years ago I just stopped my normal job and jumped into the world of art. As a child I was always creating, so this was probably the right moment.
What do you do at the moment?
Next to different paintings in commission, I am also working on a project with Philippe Starck’s design chairs, special sunglasses, torsos, art editions of kitchen machines and a secret project.
A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business?
Believe in yourself, don’t be afraid of failures, don’t copy but do your own thing and do it with passion and pleasure.
Tell us how it all started.
I just stopped with my business, bought a canvas, paint and paintbrushes and started my first painting. After finishing my painting, I took it with me to Amsterdam and went searching for a nice gallery. I found a nice gallery and they viewed my painting and immediately offered me a contract. I was very surprised. The next day the gallery called me and said the painting was sold and asked me for more. I did more paintings and they all were sold in no time. The more I sold the more my career began to grow and within a year, some famous master painter, Geert Jan Jansen, began to collect my work and at one moment he offered me a studio at his castle. From there my career began to grow very fast and I received orders not only from The Netherlands but also from abroad and my paintings were even exhibited in museums.
What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you?
A good vibe and paint of course.
What is your favorite film?
I don’t have a favorite film, because I can’t choose only one.
Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?
My wife, because she is the most adorable human being I have ever met.
How do you like to spoil yourself?
Tasty food, although I am slim, I can eat very much and enjoy the taste of nice food. It can be Dutch, Italian, Chinese etc. I also have no favorite in this aspect either.
What is luxury for you?
Sometimes buying the things I don’t need, but I just wanted to have because it makes me happy.
What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom?
The greatest compliment was given by the Dutch master artist painter Geert Jan Jansen. He said to me “only 5 times in a century a real artist is born and you are one of them”. It makes me blush to say it, but you asked for it.
What do you fear most?
Losing the freedom I have, because I’m living my dream and maybe I am still dreaming.
What is a happy life to you?
The life I have. Freedom, enjoying my work every day, people who love my work and surrounded by nice friends and most of all, my great love who is always there when I need her.
What does a regular day look like for you?
I wake up, start my breakfast, write some news on the internet, go to my studio and paint the whole day long. Clients visit the studio and two times a week I deliver my paintings at the home or office of my customers. In the evening I go home or to some parties, because I’ve received a lot of invitations and that is also fun and relaxing. I go to sleep in the middle of the night and wake up again early. I don’t sleep long.
Tell us about your dream project.
I have so many dreams, but painting a real airplane is absolutely one of them.
Who is your professional role model/inspiration?
I have no particular role model or inspiration. The world is my inspiration 24/7.
How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)?
My style is best described as “colorful realism of a different reality, with a strong positive effect”.
Which is the one thing you can’t live without?
What inspires you?
Everything I see, smell, hear and feel can inspire me, so the world is my inspiration.
A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life?
I haven’t read a book that made a great impression on me. Sorry.
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