Corey Bulpitt is from the Naikun Raven Clan and was born in Prince Rupert, BC. He is also known as Ta’kiid Aayaa or “Gifted Carver” by the Haida of the Naikun Raven clan. Corey graduated from Langley Fine Art School in 1996 and soon after in 2001 apprenticed under his uncle and renowned artist Christian White in Haida Gwaii.
He learned traditional Haida design techniques specific to woodcarving. After four years of Bulpitts apprenticeship, he began working with his other uncle and master carver, Jim Hunt, at the Museum of Anthropology in UBC. Bulpitt has collaborated on monumental projects with many artists, including Joe David (Nuuchah-nulth), Dwayne Simeon (Kwakwaka’wakw), Chief Beau Dick (Kwakwaka’wakw) and Dempsey Bob (Tahltan/Tlingit). One of Coreys’ notable works includes a 20-foot totem pole for Scouts Canada, a 17-foot pole at Queen Charlotte Lodge, and a 14-foot memorial pole at the Namgis burial ground Alert Bay, BC. He also completed a pole in New Zealand with Maori master carver Lionel Grant and assisted in crafting a 30-foot pole with Klatle Bhi (Coast Salish / Kwakwaka’wakw) for the 2010 Winter Olympics. In 2017, he received a BC Creative Achievement Award for Aboriginal Art.
White elk drum, acrylic paint
2 x 2”