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Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic paint
61 x 5.5 x 1″
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Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic paint
61 x 5.5 x 1″
Corey Bulpitt was born in 1978 in Prince Rupert B.C. Raised in Langley B.C. he graduated from the Langley Fine Arts School in 1996. Upon graduation, Corey moved to his traditional homeland of the Haida Gwaii [Queen Charlotte Islands] where he apprenticed for 3 years under his uncle renowned Haida artist Christian White. After his apprenticeship, he moved back to Vancouver and has since been working with his other uncle and master carver Jim Hart at the Museum of Anthropology.
Corey has been specializing in masks, argillite sculptures, printmaking, jewelry, painting and various other mediums. He has studied many older pieces by great Haida and other west coast artists. Corey looks into the past for his inspiration but he also experiments with contemporary mediums and design elements.
Corey is currently working on some projects with some of his up and coming peers including Kwaguilth artist Ryan Cranmer and his Haida cousin Vernon White.
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