“Exploring and painting the Canadian Arctic has been challenging and awe-inspiring, bringing me face-to-face with some of our planet’s greatest natural wonders. After many years of solitary development, I am humbled to learn that others are being moved by my canvases. And that the exhibition is inspiring conversation about the North, the Inuit, the power of nature, and the importance of humanity’s role in protecting it.” – Cory Trépanier
Over a decade in the making, INTO THE ARCTIC is a traveling exhibition comprised of highlights from the most ambitious body of artwork ever dedicated to the Canadian Arctic. The force behind the exhibition is Cory Trépanier, recipient of the Stefansson Medal, the highest award of the Canadian chapter of The Explorers Club, and a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Contextualizing the artist’s majestic paintings are a series of Arctic films, which cinematically convey the wonder and awe of the North.
INTO THE ARCTIC showcases over fifty original oil paintings plus three feature-length films documenting Trépanier’s expeditions to the furthest reaches of the Canadian Arctic, a biosphere so remote and untouched, that most of its vast landscape has never been painted before.
As part of Canada’s 150th Anniversary celebration, the Embassy of Canada premiered the exhibition in Washington D.C. in January, 2017. INTO THE ARCTIC is scheduled to travel to seven museums across the U.S. in 2017 through 2019. And efforts are now under way to extend the tour and share the exhibition more widely throughout The U.S. and abroad.
Named one of Canada’s Top 100 Living Explorers by Canadian Geographic Magazine, Trépanier carries on the tradition of painting first made famous by Canada’s Group of Seven, but with the environmental concern of a contemporary artist.