Into the Arctic
Into the Arctic
June 6 – August 29, 2020
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 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.
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.
Image at top: "Sam's Wall", 2015, oil on linen, 23” x 75”, Sam Ford Fiord, Baffin Island, North of Clyde River, Nunavut, Canada