Cory Trépanier: Creating Art in the High Arctic

Cory Trépanier brings the spectacular, yet fragile far North to life through art

This past summer, Cory voyaged through the heart of the North on an extraordinary adventure of a lifetime! Guests stood alongside Cory as he set up his easel and painted in the Arctic plein air. He also conducted presentations, a film screening, and more.

As an Arctic ambassador and guest speaker, Cory shared with guests his compelling stories of polar explorations and travel, deepening the fascination and appreciation of one of the most beautiful regions of the world.

A renowned landscape artist, Cory is a Canadian artist/filmmaker/explorer whose oil paintings and films are conceived through extensive exploration of some of the wildest places on our planet. Cory doesn’t just paint these landscapes. He lives them. Named one of Canada’s Top 100 Living Explorers by Canadian Geographic magazine, Cory has hiked, canoed and camped his way across the Arctic, often travelling with the Inuit, for several consecutive weeks.

“Through this approach, I experience firsthand the awe and overwhelming sense of humility brought on from the awareness of how tiny I am in these expansive landscapes,” says Cory.

Over a decade in the making, INTO THE ARCTIC features over fifty Arctic oil paintings and two documentary films from Trépanier’s four expeditions to the furthest reaches of the Canadian North. Sponsored in part by One Ocean Expeditions, the exhibition has been travelling to museums across the United States since its debut at the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C, a year ago. We also supported Trépanier on his fourth expedition by collecting him from the shores of a remote Arctic island.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is the breathtaking 15-foot wide ‘Great Glacier’ painting – one of the largest Arctic landscapes ever created in Canada’s history.

Great Glacier Cory Trepanier
“Great Glacier”, centrepiece of INTO THE ARCTIC, photographed at the exhibition tour premiere at the Embassy of Canada, in Washington, DC. Painting location: Coronation Glacier, in Auyuittuq National Park, Baffin Island, Nunavut.

We were thrilled to see Cory featured in Lonely Planet recounting tales about his mission to paint the Arctic. You can read the article here.

One Ocean Expeditions is now collaborating with a range of various artists through the Artist in Residence Program, enhancing guest experiences and creating ambassadors for the polar regions. We are thrilled that Cory will be travelling with us once again on our Classic Northwest Passage & Greenland voyage, departing August 30th, 2020.

If you are interested in travelling to the Arctic onboard RCGS Resolute with Cory, please speak to your preferred agent, or contact our sales team here.