Prince Rupert, BC
Corey Bulpitt is from the Naikun Raven clan. In 1996, Corey graduated from Langley Fine Art School. He then apprenticed with his uncle, Haida artist Christian White, in 1999 for three years. He also worked for his uncle, Haida master carver Jim Hart, at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, BC. Corey has carved many totem poles, including a 20-foot pole for Scouts Canada, a 17-foot pole at Queen Charlotte Lodge, and a 14-foot memorial pole at the Namgis burial ground in Alert Bay, BC. He also completed a pole in New Zealand with Maori master carver Lionel Grant alongside Dempsey Bob (Tahltan/Tlingit), Joe David (Nuu-chah-nulth), and Christian White (Haida). In 2008, Corey's red cedar Butterfly mask was featured in The Gathering, a calendar that highlights prominent First Nations artists working in BC. In 2012, Corey was featured in the travelling exhibition Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture curated by the Vancouver Art Gallery. In 2014, his successful solo show AKOS, which highlighted his background as a graffiti artist, was exhibited at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver, BC. Corey is inspired by old pieces created by great Haida artists and other West Coast artists.