Jan 30, 2015

What began in one of the most remote and raw landscapes on earth under the watchful eyes of Arctic Wolves and Muskox, is now completing the journey of 4,780kms to hang for a year in Canada’s Arctic Room, overlooking the White House.

Almost a decade ago artist/filmmaker Cory Trépanier began his Into The Arctic project with the unique artistic goal of creating the most unprecedented collection of original oil paintings from the Canadian Arctic of our time.

To accomplish this, he undertook 3 extensive Arctic painting/filming expeditions, which have led to over 50 oil paintings from some of the most remote and spectacular corners of our planet’s north. Places seldom seen, many of them have never been captured on canvas before. It has also led to two films, including the Canadian Screen Award nominated Into The Arctic II.

One afternoon, with his half box french easel perched on a hillside in Ellesmere Island’s Quttinirpaaq National Park, the location his canvas would hang some day was the further thing on his mind. Instead, he battled blowing sands from the polar desert, adding grit to his oil paints. Was busy keeping an eye out for stray polar bears. And was awed by the icy spectacle of Henrietta Nesmith, a glacier that dominated the landscape before him and is so massive that it creates its own weather system.

It was just one day of a 10 day hike, during a 7 week expedition to Canada’s Far North, but the impression made on Cory led to his largest painting of the expedition: his 8 foot wide Glacierside.

Soon, visitors to the Canadian Embassy will be seized with the stark beauty of this majestic land through Cory’s passionate brushstrokes.

On display for the next year, Glacierside is accompanied by the small oil study began on location, and a short excerpt from his Into The Arctic II film from his journey.

US exploration history also plays a part in this story as Henrietta Nesmith Glacier was named by American explorer Adolphus Greely in 1882 in honour of his wife who pressed for a rescue mission that saved his life.

The timing is most appropriate as Canada prepares this spring to pass along the chairmanship of the Arctic Council of Nations to the US.

Cory and Janet will be traveling to Washington D.C. in the near future. More news and photos to come.


In 2013 Cory launched chapter one of his latest project, TrueWild: A Legacy for the National Parks.

TrueWild is a new multi-year wilderness legacy project that aims to engage - through fine art, films, online content, mainstream media, public speaking and more - millions of people in the years to come with Canada's spectacular wild places.

Visit the TRUEWILD website

Into The Arctic began in 2006. Cory completed 3 Canadian Arctic painting/filming expeditions, 2 films, and is working towards the completion of a collection of 50 oil paintings which includes "Great Glacier", which at 15 feet wide, will become one of the largest representational Arctic landscape paintings in Canada's history.

On the project's website you will find films trailers, 65 video journals, 1000 photos, written journals, media coverage, paintings and much more.

Visit the INTO THE ARCTIC Website
In 2001, Cory launched Coast To Canvas and set out for almost a month in each season to explore and paint
along the rugged coastlines of Ontario's Lake Superior and Georgian Bay, accompanied by his wife and then 2.5 and 6 year old daughters.

The result was a touring exhibiton of 33 oil paintings and Cory's and his wife Janet's first film, "A Painter's Odyssey".

Visit the COAST TO CANVAS website

July 2014- Cory on Canada AM

Bev talks to Cory about Kluane paintings and the online launch of his TrueWild:Kluane short film
More media interviews here


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