Daniel Gabriel Angelo Jean-Baptiste
Born: 1963, St Lucia
A silk artist who enjoys painting on silk. Daniel Jean-Baptiste started working in the silk medium in 1981 at decor company called Display Arts of Toronto, where he created large hand painted silk banners for use as decoration and ceiling treatments for large shopping centres. For the last 20 years he has explored the use of silk as a fine art canvas.
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 grew in the tiny one street fishing Village of Choiseul , under the shadow of the towering Gros Piton. Spare time was spent fishing off the village’s long wooden jetty, which gave Jean-Baptiste his first glimpses of colorful 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 the perfumed breezes of Saint Lucia.
Jean-Baptiste began to paint at a young age. Soon visitors to the island began to notice the little boy who had the gift of capturing the cobalt blue sea with his watercolors. It was through these early youthful escapes that the artist Jean-Baptiste began to evolve.
In 1978 he moved to Canada where He was introduced to silk painting during his eight years working in 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 centers and real estate developers across Canada.
Jean-Baptiste and his family moved to St. Lucia in 1995, his work reflecting the beauty of the island’s fish and flowers. Jean-Baptiste focuses in on his subject, magnifying its beauty and vibrant color. The translucency of the work allows light to further enhance the silk’s natural luster.
He returned to Canada in October 2004 to explore new opportunities for his children and for his art, and is currently based in the beautiful city of Markham, Ontario. Although temporarily removed from the tropical landscape Jean-Baptiste continues to be inspired by the beauty of his island home.
Source: http://www.jean-baptiste.com/stluciasilk/CHOISEUL.html (Jean-Baptiste Silk Master)