“Like some of the great figures in polar exploration history, Cory Trépanier combines the courage and adventurousness of an explorer with the exacting skill and powerful creative vision of an artist.” – John Geiger, Chief Executive Officer, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society/ Canadian Geographic Enterprises
Special thank you to The Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. for hosting the World Premiere of INTO THE ARCTIC
January 10 – February 28, 2017
The Embassy of Canada
Washington, D.C., USA
March 17 – May 14, 2017
Dane G. Hansen Museum
Logan, Kansas, USA
June 10 – August 20, 2017
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Tucson, Arizona, USA
September 17 – December 31, 2017
The Dennos Museum Center
Northwestern Michigan College
Traverse City, Michigan, USA
January 26 – March 25, 2018
Vancouver Maritime Museum in partnership with the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA
April 14 – August 19, 2018
Neville Public Museum
Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
September 22, 2018 – January 27, 2019
Museum of The Rockies
Bozeman, Montana, USA
February 16, 2019 – May 12, 2019
Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Spokane, Washington, USA
June 22, 2019 – Oct 15, 2019
The Robert Bateman Centre
Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA
Nov 2019 – May 2020
June 6 – August 2, 2020
The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts
Houston (Spring), Texas, USA
September 19, 2020 – January 3, 2021
North Carolina Arboretum
Asheville, North Carolina, USA
Additional Venues Pending
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 what Canadians refer to as, “The North.”
INTO THE ARCTIC showcases over fifty original oil paintings plus three feature-length films (including Into The Arctic II, which was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award) 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.
“Exploring and painting the Canadian Arctic plein air has been challenging and awe-inspiring, bringing me face-to-face with some of our planet’s greatest natural wonders. These experiences have created a desire in me to connect others with this remote northern wilderness through my paintings and films, which are assembled for the first time in this exhibition. There are a number of artists who have influenced me in this endeavor and whose work I admire greatly. Among them are Canada’s Group of Seven, particularly A.Y. Jackson, whose artistry contributed to the establishment of the Killarney Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada, thereby protecting its unique and important landscapes. I hope my work might spark awareness and conversation about Canada’s Arctic, and instill greater appreciation and concern for the future of its ever-changing landscape.” – Cory Trépanier
The INTO THE ARCTIC Exhibition Tour is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C.
CONTENTS: Over Fifty Oil Paintings, Title and Map Panels, Descriptive Labels, Plus Three Films (Blu-ray)
SUPPORT: Education, Press, and Registration Materials
EDUCATION: Film Screening & Discussion by Cory Trépanier
SALES: DVDs, Posters, Book (pending publication)
AVAILABILITY: 2019 and After
Exhibition Tour Office
David J. Wagner, L.L.C.
With over three decades of experience producing and managing traveling museum exhibitions Curator/Tour Director, David J. Wagner, Ph.D., brings his experience to the Into The Arctic Exhibition Tour. Dr. Wagner’s resume includes production of exhibitions that have been displayed at noteworthy venues including National Geographic Society Explorer’s Hall (Washington, D.C.), the McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Toronto), and many others.
Early in his career he collaborated with Bob McMichael to organize the first American tour of Canada’s Group of Seven; and subsequently organized an exchange exhibition of Inuit art from the Cape Dorset Eskimo Co-op on Baffin Island to the U.S.
CONTACT: David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director
MEMBER: American Alliance of Museums and International Council of Museums
Cory Trépanier’s Fine Art Website: trepanieroriginals.com
GREAT GLACIER 5.5ft x 15ft (1.7m x 4.6m), Centrepiece of the exhibition and possibly the largest Arctic landscape painting in Canada’s history. Photographed at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. during the INTO THE ARCTIC World Premiere.
The compelling story of oil painter Cory Trepanier’s first leg of his multi-year quest to explore and paint the dramatic wilderness of the Canadian Arctic. Leaving his home in southern Ontario, this 2 and a half month long journey takes Cory and his family over 20,000 kms and into some of the least traveled regions of the country. After reaching the end of the road, they fly to the remote ocean-side community of Paulatuk, and trek on another 72km until reaching breathtaking canyons of the Brock River. With a tent for a home, they battle challenging weather as Cory lays paint on canvas, capturing the incredible arctic landscape.
Summer turns to fall on the tundra, caribou and grizzly bears are encountered, and then the artist finds himself in the ancient remote arctic mountains of Ivvavik National Park with a taste of winter in the air.
Cory’s artistic and adventurous excursions engage the viewer, allowing us to experience this part of Canada in a moving way and inspiring us to appreciate our planet more.
For years, artist Cory Trepanier has explored and painted some of the most wild places in Canada. Few have walked into these landscapes. Even fewer have captured them on canvas.
Now, he’s going further. Into a breathtaking Arctic wilderness to experience and paint a land that might never be the same again. Into The Arctic. Three months of filming. A dozen arctic locations, many which have never painted or filmed before. Join Cory as he brings his fresh perspective to the hidden treasures at the top of the world.
Experience the majesty of the north through stunning cinematography and the dramatic experiences of a passionate artist. Take a journey of adventure and discovery… deep Into The Arctic.
Untamed beauty and the lure of the North have drawn artist Cory Trépanier to paint the Canadian Arctic for over a decade.
Preparing for a touring exhibition to premiere in Washington DC, he now heads back on an expedition to complete his vision.
But much has changed since he first went North. Shrinking sea ice is opening the door to a world hungry for its resources. Remoteness can no longer protect this land or its people from the coming impacts.
For 9 weeks and 25,000 kilometres, Cory immerses himself into the Arctic. Explores with Inuit elders. Paddles the most northerly canoe route in North America. Walks in the footsteps of early explorers John Rae and John Franklin. Voyages through the Northwest Passage. And deeply connects with a changing land, to bring it to the eyes of those who may never see it.
With the future of the North at a crossroads, can a simple stick and some bristle paint the Arctic into the hearts and minds of others, so far away?
”Cory Trépanier’s artistic projects help people understand and cherish Canada’s vibrant natural and cultural heritage, inspiring us all to connect with the spectacular landscapes of Canada’s northern national parks.”
”These paintings capture the stunning beauty of some of the most remote and wild corners of the Arctic . . . Mr. Trépanier’s extraordinary talent and deep passion for the Arctic come through in his outstanding work, which is sure to please museum-goers who have the opportunity to visit this unique exhibition.”
"In the great tradition of such extraordinary artists as the brilliant Danish neo-realistic landscape painter Georg Anton Rasmussen (1842-1914), Cory Trepanier captures perfect northerly worlds whose steadfast beauty we know to be threatened: purity on the brink; ice melting; an aesthetic as fragile and reverential as the inner life of a polar bear."
”Cory Trépanier’s INTO THE ARCTIC is a visual tour de force with a powerful subtext pertinent to every human being who populates the planet from this age of global warming forward.”
Cory Trépanier’s passionate and accurate paintings of Arctic landscapes bridge the gap between Arctic science and public awareness of this fragile environment. This is particularly important because the Canadian Arctic is changing rapidly due to accentuated human-induced climate warming there. Most people do not get the opportunity to experience first hand the wonders of the Arctic landscape and what could be lost due to climate change. Cory’s paints show with exquisite detail landscapes that will forever be changed.”
“In this day and age we can get specific observations of glacier change in terms or area, thickness, snow cover etc from satellite images. These are good measuring sticks, but are two dimensional at best. Paintings such as those by Cory Trépanier add another dimension. We can see the thickness of the dirty layer at the glacier front in his “At the Glacier” and “Arctic Tranquility” paintings, or the degree to which surface streams have cut into the glacier in his panoramic masterpiece, “Glacierside”, which offers added insights to glacier behavior. More than that, the nature of the landscape and its ecology is captured in a way that is not with satellite imagery. Data points prove a point quantitatively, paintings such as this illustrate the point and provide a rich context and together convey our changing Arctic. Today the glaciers in the Arctic are experiencing rapid changes that will lead to not just glacier retreat, but to landscape and ecologic change.”
VIDEO: Trepanier Into The Arctic MEDIA compilation.
VIDEO: Trepanier’s Into The Arctic II Film Tour AUDIENCE RESPONSE.