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Born in Frobisher Bay, John was raised by Pelagie Nutarariaq and the late Henry Evalarjuk, a world renowned artist, to be passionate with his art. Originally raised in Igloolik, he moved to Montreal with his parents. His art has been exhibited all across Canada. While in Montreal he and his parents worked with Polar North who has for decades been one of the leading companies in developing the art industry. John has a wife and a 2 year old child. Throughout his life he has been around Inuit Art. In his spare time John likes to spend time with his daughter and go out hunting. He often speaks of his step father when referring to his art. John is a very kind person and is always helping others develop their skills as artists. He Is a very well mannered person. and takes great pride in his art. He is purely an artist that will have his art sought by collectors and will increase in value. Many of his pieces are sought both nationally and internationally. Every day people go to his home and take pictures and request him to make them a carving . He has been documented in film in Europe as a traditional Inuit Carver. Like other great artists. he can work in many mediums as well as a lot of his art has a story behind it. Being taught by a master carver John has developed his own style while maintaining the older art form of carving with traditional Inuit legends and myths. His art has been documented in the art section of the newspaper News North and has been asked to prepare for a major exhibit.. He is preparing to have an exhibit in fall 2009. John is now working with Carvings Nunavut Inc. to develop the Inuit art Industry
Johnny Lee Nooveya is literally carving out a name for his original and unique style. Being able to carve animals as well as human figures it is exciting to see this upcoming artists work. Both Johnny Lee's grand fathers were very well known carvers , from Pangnirtung and Cape Dorset . With such a wide range of talent it is at times difficult to get access to his art as t is in high demand. Johnny also likes to go quarry stone the carvers require during the summer. It is so amazing when you see him picking out a stone he takes his time and knows exactly what the piece will look like at the time he selects the stone. The demand for Johnny's work continues to grow as does his depth. Being close to his culture Johnny loves fishing, clamming, hunting, looking for eggs and continuing what his elders have passed on to him. Always willing to help others Johnny is what one would consider a well like modern day inuk who practices the traditional skills of his heritage.