“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
The Embassy of Canada
March 17, 2017 – May 14, 2017
Dane G. Hansen Museum
June 10 – August 20, 2017
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
September 17 – December 31, 2017
The Dennos Museum Center
Northwestern Michigan College
Traverse City, Michigan
January 24 – March 18, 2018
The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts
Houston (Spring), Texas
April 14 – Aug 31, 2018
Neville Public Museum
Green Bay, Wisconsin
September 22, 2018 – January 27, 2019
Museum of The Rockies
Additional Venues Pending
Celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary
A fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and member of the Explorer’s Club, Cory Trépanier is a painter and filmmaker of French descent whose passionate sense of purpose is to capture remaining, rugged wildness of Canada’s Arctic Circle on canvas and film.
Spanning 1.5 million square kilometers, The Canadian Arctic is a land of extremes that remains one of the last great landscapes on the face of the planet untrammeled by man. Trépanier was initially drawn to The Arctic by its majesty and ecology. Traveling beyond the few Inuit communities that populate the north in pursuit of wilderness subjects, Trépanier faced the prospect of real and constant danger, including close encounters with predators and loss of contact with civilization.
During four extended expeditions to the far corners of the Arctic, Trépanier immersed himself into the land Canadians refer to as “The North,” hauling a backpack loaded with camping gear, and painting and filming supplies, which at times exceeding 100lbs. Often, he traveled with Inuit, gaining first-hand knowledge from First Nation people. Confronting elements that included raging storms and ravenous hordes of mosquitoes, Trépanier’s motivation through it all was inspiration for canvas and film born of experience in locations unexperienced by the population at large. The result is a remarkably unique and moving body of work that includes an unsurpassed collection of paintings and two critically acclaimed films including Into The Arctic II, which was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award from the Canadian broadcast industry.
To share his paintings and films with publics in Canada and The U.S., his work is being assembled as a traveling museum exhibition for tour under the auspices of David J. Wagner, L.L.C.
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.
Further information is available at: www.davidjwagnerllc.com
CONTENTS: Over fifty original, oil on linen paintings including the exhibition’s centrepiece which measures 15 x 5.5 feet; title panel and labels, plus three films
SUPPORT: Education, Press, and Registration Materials
EDUCATION: Lectures, Film Screenings with Cory Trépanier (pending scheduling)
GIFT SHOP: DVDs, Exhibition Posters, Book (pending publication)
AVAILABILITY: Spring 2017 to Fall 2018
Exhibition Tour Office
David J. Wagner, L.L.C.
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
”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.