Daniel Jean-Baptiste - Fine Artist

Daniel Jean-Baptiste

Markham, ON - Canada








Daniel Jean-Baptiste

Markham, ON - Canada

Daniel Jean-Baptiste - Fine Artist

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November 2nd, 2009







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About Daniel Jean-Baptiste

Daniel Gabriel Angelo Jean-Baptiste was born on the Caribbean Island of Saint Lucia , in 1963, to parents of Dutch Jewish and African Carib descent.

Jean-Baptiste childhood experience was that of a tiny one street Village of Choiseul, under the shadow of the towering Gros Piton. Spare time was spent fishing off the villageís long wooden jetty, which gave Jean-Baptiste first glimpses of the colourful creatures that inhabited the Caribbean Sea. The plants and fish that intrigued the young boy would later dominate his art. Childhood days were sweet, sweet as perfumed breezes of Saint Lucia.

In 1978 he moved to Canada where he was introduced to silk painting during his eight years working with a commercial art for Display Arts of Toronto. In 1988 Jean-Baptiste began his own display company , Cobalt Illustrations, producing hand painted silk banners for shopping centres and real estate developers across Canada.

In 1995 Jean-Baptiste moved back to St. Lucia with his wife and two children. His work reflecting the beauty of the islandís fish and flowers. Jean-Baptiste focuses in on his subject, magnifying its beauty and vibrant colour. The translucency of his work allows light to further enhance the silkís natural luster. He is the originator of the shimmer light water technique.

Today he resides and paints out of his studios in Canada and St. Lucia.

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Beautiful botanical design.

July 13th, 2015

The sea grape tree of Saint Lucia has colours of such vibrant and exotic hues. This silk painting captures this beauty. 

When painting on silk there is a delicate balance of using the actual raw silk to act as white. This technique is quite like watercolour painting only with more colour saturation and bleeding ability. 

I find adding tiny sections of black in my compositions enhances all the other colours and make textures stand out. I see black as the absence of colour, it is the mystery quality of my work.  

3D silk painting

June 29th, 2015

This simple video depicts how I use a wet on wet technique on silk to create a 3D effect. The bright colours, textures, shadows and use of light create this wonderful form. 

TAO of silk.

March 25th, 2015

Slicing through the deep eternal blue Flashes bright white yellow A shadowy mass mutates in sync Churning to white froth of desperate escape  

On the southern tip of Saint Lucia where the sandy beach hugs the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, a grove of sea grape paint the shore line in colours of the sun. The tranquility of light dances on every leaf. This pai... 

Painting on silk is so explosive by nature. Look closely and you will notice the dancing light flickering on the surface of the silk as the paint bleeds into every silk fibre. My whole intent is to capture just a tiny moment in time... 

This short clip shows how I paint on silk using a wet on wet technique. Most of my work is tropical, but the shimmering light technique is unique to me, I accidentally developed this technique on the island of St. Lucia in 1996. 

Video showing the beautiful colours of the flower beetle being magically applied. 

How To Paint On Silk.

September 21st, 2013

This video simply depicts how I paint on silk using a wet on wet technique. 

Video depicting silk painting using water based silk paints on 10mm 100% hobotai silk. 

I am working on silk using water based silk pigment paints in order to achieve rich vibrant colours and exciting lighting and texture. I hope you enjoy this presentation. Regards, Daniel Jean-Baptiste http://www.jean-baptiste.com/stluciasi... 

Rainbow under the Sea

June 15th, 2013

Video depicting the painting of a parrot fish on silk. 

Join me on Facebook

May 19th, 2013

I invite all art lovers to join me on Facebook to celebrate the creative force of painting. If you enjoy the visit , please like. 

Part 3 0f 3 in painting Entourage, silk art. 

Part 2 of painting Entourage. 

Silk painting with Jean-Baptiste 

The painting of a blue faced angelfish on silk 

This video depicts the creating of a 16" x 20 silk painting using water based silk paints. 


April 13th, 2013

This an interview on my origins. 


April 10th, 2013

The making of Entourage, a silk painting measuring 41" x 72" 

Hope you enjoy my interview with X-Ray Magazine. 

Sexy Silk World, Turtles

March 30th, 2013

This video depicts my wet on wet painting technique on silk ( shimmering light technique ) 

Sexy Triggers

March 30th, 2013

Beneath the crystal surface of the Caribbean Sea near the Pitons of St. Lucia, a school of triggers gather to create a canvas of gem like colours dancing under the laser sun. 

Painting Silk In Saint Lucia

March 25th, 2013

St. Lucia is an earthly paradise where I was born and from where all my creative energy came from. A tiny island which has a rich history and melting pot of cultures. 

Silk Painting Of Sea Turtles

March 25th, 2013

By creating light shimmering on the carapace of the sea turtle while painting on silk, this allows for giving a hint as to how beautiful these wonderful animals look underwater. 

I had a beautiful discovery of creating light on stones in a shallow stream. The light dances and gives the illusion of water in motion. 

Insane Peacock Silk Painting

March 25th, 2013

Silk painting has many undiscovered techniques, they all arrive in the form of an accident while painting. 

Tropical Silk Fine Art

March 25th, 2013

My first video depicting the early silk work. 

Silk Experience

March 25th, 2013

Having a little fun with Jimi Hendrix and painting on silk. 

Welcome to my world of silk art. Should you have any questions, please email : artofsilk@yahoo.com 

This video is just a small window into my creations on silk. 

Silk Painting Video

March 25th, 2013

This video depicts the brush work of Jean-Baptiste on silk. 

Working in paradise

June 20th, 2012

Hi I am silk artist Daniel Jean-Baptiste, I would like to introduce you to me studio / gallery on beautiful St. Lucia in the Eastern Caribbean. 

Liquid pigment on silk

June 20th, 2012

I create fine art on silk using liquid pigments instaed of silk dyes.