A Visual Exploration of the North and South Poles

One Ocean Expeditions is dedicated to exploring some of the most remote and beautiful regions of the world and artistically capturing these awe-inspiring destinations through a variety of mediums. We have a robust, ever-expanding art program, led by a number of fantastic artists, as well as world-renowned photographers, all providing guests with a unique opportunity to capture their memories in whichever way they choose.

McMichael Canadian Art Collection Collaboration

For countless millennia, indigenous people have expressed their unique cultural heritage through art, keeping precious folklore, stories and traditions alive, so they might be handed down from one generation to the next. We are proud to celebrate the importance and kinship of Inuit art through an exclusive expedition exploring South Baffin Island. Guests have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Cape Dorset, known as the ‘Capital of Inuit Art’, and the largest producer of Inuit carvings worldwide. Through artistic interaction with local artists, guests learn about Arctic art and its meaning, bringing the culture, wildlife and history of the region to life. Discover our new 10-night itinerary, ‘South Baffin Explorer: Art, Culture & Wildlife‘ in partnership with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, featuring special guest, Curator Dr. Nancy Campbell.

Inukshuk on Baffin Island. Image credit: Roger Pimenta

Inuit Artists

The art scene of Canada’s Arctic communities is a flourishing industry. One Ocean Expeditions is known to be an active supporter of art exchange. Through strong relationships, One Ocean Expeditions is able to work with the most well respected and knowledgeable Inuit artists who join their cruises and share ancient art traditions with guests.

Baffin Island and West Greenland Adventure. Image credit: Dave Sandford

Cory Trepanier’s Art in the Arctic

Canadian artist Cory Trepanier is an oil painter and filmmaker, with a passion for capturing Canada’s incredible wilderness on canvas. For over a decade, Cory has painted and filmed in some the most remote regions of Canada’s North. This has led to his internationally touring INTO THE ARCTIC exhibition of over 50 oil paintings and 3 films, that premiered at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC in 2017. Cory will share his passion for painting the Arctic and guests will have the rare opportunity to be alongside Cory as he paints and helps others with their artistic creations. Cory joins us on our ‘High Arctic Explorer‘ voyage next year August 2 – 11, 2019.

Cory Trepanier, Painting at Mount Asgard, Glacier Lake, Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut. Image credit: Sydney Trepanier

Bruce Pearson

For the past 20 years, Bruce’s work as a painter and printmaker has largely involved private commissions from museums, institutions and individuals. An avid ornithologist and passionate about the Polar Regions, Bruce is a key Artist-in-Residence with One Ocean Expeditions. Guests benefit from his excellent knowledge of polar wildlife and how to capture them in paintings. In June of this year, we were lucky enough to host Bruce in Svalbard on our ‘Spitsbergen Encounter‘ voyage.

Bruce Pearson paints while transitting Palanderbukta, Svalbard. Image credit: Boomer Jerritt
The Artist Bruce Pearson at work at Mikkelsen Harbour. Image credit: David McEown

SPRI Artists-in-Residence

 Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge,  carefully select high achieving artists to join One Ocean Expeditions on select departures to the Polar Regions. This unique sponsorship allows artists to gather inspiration in beautiful surroundings, in order to share through their chosen medium, with a broad audience, showcasing the fascination of the Polar Regions. This Arctic season, Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute joined us on our ‘West Greenland and Baffin Island Explorer‘ voyage.

Daisy Gilardini 

Daisy Gilardini has travelled with One Ocean Expeditions since 2008 and plays an integral part in all our photography programming development. In two decades of polar exploration, Daisy has joined more than 60 expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic. Daisy’s work has been recognized by some of the world’s most prestigious photography awards, including BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Travel Photography of the Year and recently, her video on Antarctica and Sub-Antarctic Islands was selected as Highly Honored in the video/nature in motion category of the Windland Smith Rice International Awards. Guests can join Daisy on our ‘South Georgia In Depth Photography Symposium‘ this year, November 3 – 17, 2018.

King Penguins in St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia. Image credit: Daisy Gilardini.

David McEown

A Canadian landscape and wildlife artist, David has used the medium of watercolour for the past 25 years to explore and express many of the Earth’s disappearing wilderness areas. His paintings from Antarctica to the North Pole are represented in collections worldwide. David was recently featured in the Lifetime Experience segment of the Spring/Summer Canadian Geographic Travel magazine, in which he talks about capturing Antarctica through the medium of watercolour. David will join Daisy on our South Georgia In Depth Photography Symposium this year, November 3 – 17, 2018.

Clare Dudeney

Clare’s work explores intimacy, identity and experience of place. She has a strong association with Antarctica through her father, historian John Dudeney, who has worked there for over 50 years. Visiting Antarctica in 2013 had a profound effect on Clare and inspired her to change her career and become an artist. Clare carries tiny sketchbooks with her always to capture things that move her, and one was recently selected to take part in the Sketch 2017 artist prize. Guests have the opportunity to join Clare Dudeney on our ‘Antarctic Peninsula Adventure‘ voyage, March 21 – 31, 2019 and our ‘Chilean Fjord Adventure‘, March 31 – April 13, 2018.

Clare Dudeney

Dave Brosha and Paul Zizka

Dave Brosha and Paul Zizka, two immensely talented photographers, will be taking us on a photographic journey in the untouched wilderness of Antarctica on our Peninsula Adventure, March 11 – 21, 2019. Every photographers’ dream, Antarctica provides towering glaciers, immense icebergs, outstanding wildlife encounters and gorgeous natural light, providing the perfect conditions for budding photographers of all abilities. This unique itinerary has been designed to make the most of the exceptional photography opportunities possible in Antarctica. With over a decade of photography workshop experience, Dave, Paul and the rest of the team have taught and worked on all seven continents. They are hands-on, relentlessly innovative and help guide their guests beyond obvious images, to the realm of unique and compelling storytelling. The workshops are led in an encouraging and fun environment, with technical and creative support provided for all abilities.

Capturing the beautiful light. Image credit: Dave Brosha