Johnny Lee Judea

One original hand-carved sculpture by Inuit artist, Johnny Lee Judea. One rabbit carved out of white marble.

Born in 1973 (Kimmirut, Nunavut)

Johnny Lee’s journey as an artist began under the guidance of his parents, who themselves were skilled carvers and inherited their craft from previous generations. His father, Goteleak Judea, is particularly renowned for his artistic contributions, having exhibited his work extensively across North America. Additionally, Johnny Lee had the privilege of learning from Elijah Michael, further honing his skills and refining his artistic vision.

While Johnny Lee is proficient in various forms of carving, he is most celebrated for his intricate sculptures of animals, with his depictions of rabbits garnering particular acclaim. Through his art, Johnny Lee captures the essence and vitality of the natural world, infusing his carvings with a sense of life and movement that resonates with viewers.

His dedication to his craft, coupled with his commitment to preserving and perpetuating the rich artistic heritage of his community, has earned Johnny Lee a place of distinction in the realm of contemporary Inuit art.