Corey Bulpitt (Haida)

Corey Bulpitt at work on a stunning new panel. photo ©Ryan Bergmann

Corey Bulpitt, also known as Taakeit Aaya or “Gifted Carver” by the Haida of the Naikun Raven clan, was born in Prince Rupert BC in 1978. A great-great grandson of the famed Charles Edenshaw and Louis Collison, Corey graduated from the Langley Fine Arts School in 1996 before beginning a four-year apprenticeship under his uncle, master carver Christian White, from whom he learned traditional Haida design and woodcarving. Corey is an avid painter, jeweller, and wood and argillite carver who has enjoyed exploring many different mediums, such as spray paint, which he used to create large-scale paintings involving urban youth in Vancouver. Corey has carved many totem poles throughout his career, including a 27’ yellow cedar pole for Scouts Canada, a 17’ pole now displayed at Queen Charlotte Lodge, and a 14’ mortuary-style memorial on the ‘Namgis burial ground in Alert Bay. He has also collaborated with Maori master Lionel Grant on a pole carved in New Zealand, and has worked with fellow NWC carvers Dempsey Bob, Joe David, and Christian White on many projects.

Corey assisted in crafting a 30’ pole with Klatle Bhi for the 2010 Winter Olympics, as well as a performance art project for the Sydney Biennale. A member of the newly emerged Beat Nation Live arts collective, Corey’s contemporary graffiti art pieces can be seen in many museums, festivals, and urban landscapes, such as the W2’s New Form Festival and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

In 2017, Corey received the BC Creative Achievement Award for First Nations Art for artistic excellence in both traditional and contemporary visual art, presented by the BC Achievement Foundation.


  • 2016
    – Divergent Convergence, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
    – Culture Shift – Une révolution culturelle, Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA), 3rd edition, Art Mûr, Montréal QC
  • 2015
    – Converging Suspects: Corey Bulpitt, Olliemoonsta, and Warraba Weatherall, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
  • 2014
    – AKOS, Solo exhibition, Bill Reid Gallery, Vancouver BC
    – Beat Nation, SMU Art Gallery, House of the Salmon People-mural, Halifax NS
    – Beat Nation, Mackenzie Gallery, House of the Salmon People-mural, Gina Suuda Tl’l Xasii, Regina SK
    – Land Otter Man-Mask, Haida Gwaii Museum, Kay Llnagaay BC
  • 2013
    – Story, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver, BC
    – Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa ON
    – Beat Nation, Musee d’Art Contemporain, Montreal QC
    – RezErect: Native Erotica, Bill Reid Gallery, Vancouver BC
    – Killer Whales Mural, AKA Gallery, Saskatoon SK
  • 2012
    – Beat Nation, Mural, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC
    – Beat Nation, Mural, Power Plant, Toronto, ON
  • 2011
    – Digital Graffiti Art with Beat Nation Live, Vancouver Art Gallery, CBC Vancouver, Future-en-Seine Festival of Digital Life and Creativity Biennal, Vancouver BC and Paris, France
  • 2010
    -Beat Nation: Graffiti Art, New Forms Festival, Vancouver BC
  • 2009
    – Beat Nation Online virtual exhibition: Murals, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver BC
    – Beat Nation Graffiti art, Saw Gallery, Ottawa ON


  • 2014
    – Eagle Memorial Pole, 14-foot, Main and Hastings, Vancouver BC
  • 2010
    – 30-foot pole under Klatle Bhi, 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver BC
    – Brando mask for Skeena Reece performance art project, Sydney Biennale, Sydney AU
  • 2009
    – Exterior 33-foot Memorial Pole, Tluu Xaada Naay Longhouse
    – Headed totem pole projects with Beau Dick (Kwakwaka’wakw), including pole raised in Alert Bay BC
  • 2006
    – 17-foot pole, Queen Charlotte Lodge, Haida Gwaii BC
  • 2005
    – Interior pole under Christian White, Tluu Xaada Naay Longhouse
  • 2004
    – Hastings, New Zealand, Te Mata Gathering of Indigenous Pacific artists with Joe -David, Dempsey Bob, Lionel Grant, Christian White, organized through Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver) with assistance from Canada Council for the Arts
    – Boys Scouts Langley, 27-foot pole plus 14-foot pole with Rick Harry


  • 2013
    – Word to Your Motherland Mural, North Vancouver BC
  • 2012
    – Salmon in term-oil, Central Park, Burnaby BC
  • 2012
    – All My Relations Mural, Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Vancouver BC
  • 2011
    – Journey, performance piece, Centre des Arts, Enghien-les-Bains, Paris, France
  • 2011
    – The Storm with Larissa Healey, Vancouver BC
  • 2009
    – Dogfish Woman, City of Vancouver commission, Vancouver BC
  • 2008
    – The Raven, City of Vancouver commission, Vancouver BC


  • 2011
    – Children’s Book Illustrations: Native Northwest, Garfinkel, Goodnight World, Vancouver, BC
  • 2010
    – Children’s Book Illustrations: Native Northwest, Garfinkel, Learn The Colours, Learn and Play, Explore the Animals, Discover the Animals, Vancouver, BC
  • 2004-2011
    – The Gathering Calendar, Native Northwest – Garfinkel Publications, Vancouver, BC


The Savage Gentleman and Warrior Princess, Ernie Paniccioli, Nelson “Dedos” Garcia, and other selected artists, Shop Wrong, Vancouver BC


  • 1998
    – Four year apprenticeship program with Haida master carver Christian White, Old Massett, Haida Gwaii
  • 1996
    – Graduated Langley Fine Arts School
  • Corey has worked extensively with master carvers Beau Dick, Wayne Alfred, and Phil Grey


  • 2009
    – Three-month Northwest Coast Woodcarving Course, The Native Education Centre, Vancouver BC