Corey Bulpitt (aka Akos) is a descendant of many Haida carvers, including his great-great-grandfather, the master carver Charles Edenshaw. He uses traditional Haida forms in his work as a painter, jeweller, wood and argillite carver. Bulpitt has created functional pieces for traditional purposes; he has carved totem poles and made masks, paddles, dance screens and steamed and painted bentwood boxes. He also makes contemporary nonfunctional artworks. He experiments with contemporary media and design elements and uses spray paint to create large-scale graffiti-style paintings involving urban youth in Vancouver, incorporating traditional Haida formline. He collaborates with other artists—for instance, he created a Marlon Brando mask for Skeena Reece to use in a performance at the Sydney Biennale, 2010.
Bulpitt was born in Prince Rupert, BC. He attended art school in Langley, apprenticed under master carvers in Haida Gwaii, and currently lives in Vancouver. His work is represented in numerous museums and galleries in British Columbia, and in Seattle. In 2004–5, he was awarded a grant from Canada Council for the Arts.