A fellow of the Explorer's Club and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Caledon, Ontario, Canadian artist Cory Trépanier is an oil painter, and filmmaker, with a passion for capturing Canada’s incredible wilderness on canvas.

Close interaction with his subject through extensive exploration transforms his canvases into compelling paintings. Viewers are faced with more than a representation of a place and time; they are transported there through the artist’s unique vision.

His marriage of landscape painting, film, and wild places has led him to tackle challenges few encounter, including: a knee-punishing trek on Ellesmere Island with a 120lb backpack filled with painting, filming, and camping gear; ravaging hoards of mosquitoes eating him while painting at the edge of the highest waterfall in the world above the Arctic Circle; being surrounded by Arctic wolves considering him as their next prey; canoeing up to an immense iceberg to paint it from the unique floating point of view; and painting Mount Logan, Canada’s highest mountain, from the Kluane ice fields 10,000 feet from the largest non-polar ice fields on earth—all for the sake of his art.

The Coast To Canvas Project was Trépanier’s first multi-media project, which saw him paint and film along the rugged coastlines of Lake Superior and Georgian Bay for a month in each season, accompanied by his wife and two and five year old daughters.

Into The Arctic followed, a collection of 50 paintings and two films from one end of the Canadian Arctic to the other through three extensive expeditions. His family joined him for the first leg, a 2.5 month-long trek to the western Canadian Arctic when his daughters were then seven and 11 years old. Cory then mounted 2 more expeditions taking him to Baffin Island and Ellesmere Island, each for a month, and numerous other Arctic locations. In addition, he created 2 films airing on numerous channels in Canada and internationally, including CBC, HIFI, Bravo, Canal D, APTN), and toured his Into The Arctic II film, presenting the incredible north on the big screen in 11 cities.

In 2013, diverting his attention away from the Canadian Arctic slightly for a couple of years, Cory launched the first chapter of TrueWild: A Legacy for the National Parks, with a one month painting and filming expedition to the Yukon’s Kluane National Park & Reserve. Though Cory’s passion for painting and filming in the wild, TrueWild is, and will continue in future chapters, to engage many with our planet’s wild places.

In 2015, Cory re-set his focus way north again, embarking on his Into The Arctic: The Last Chapter expedition. His 4th Arctic journey saw him cover 25,000 kms over 9 weeks during which time he canoed the Thomsen River - the most northerly navigable canoe route in North America - explored the Northwest Passage in each direction, painted at Beechy Island, where early Arctic explorer John Franklin wintered over and buried members of his crew, and much more. This expedition added numerous new paintings to his Into the Arctic Collection, and one more Arctic film, completing his Into The Arctic trilogy.

Into The Arctic Traveling Museum Exhibition: beginning in 2017
Trépanier’s decade-long Into the Arctic project is culminating in a traveling museum exhibition beginning in January of 2017 across the USA for 2 years, with a collection of over 60 Arctic paintings and 3 films from his 4 Canadian Arctic expeditions.

Short tour video and propsectus here: Into the Arctic Travelling Museum Exhibition

Highlighting the collection is a 15 foot wide Great Glacier, quite possibly the largest representational Arctic landscape painting in Canada’s history.

Curator/Tour Director is David J. Wagner, whose 3 decades of developing traveling museum exhibitions include working with Robert McMichael, founder of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection to develop the first US museum tour of Group of Seven paintings ever in the 1970’s.

Through his original and passionate vision, expressed through art, films, public speaking and online media, Cory hopes to inspire others with our planet’s natural wonders.


Trépanier’s painting expedition films, including the Canadian Screen Award nominated Into The Arctic II, air on CBC Doc Channel and other networks, and he has been featured on Canada AM, CBC Radio, Global’s The Morning Show and 16x9:The Bigger Picture, and in Toronto Star and more.

Trépanier is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society , and was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Living Explorers by Canadian Geographic magazine in 2015. He is also a member of the Explorer’s., and was recently honoured with the Canadian Chapters highest award, the 2015 Stefansson Medal.

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