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Cory Trépanier


Artist and filmmaker Cory Trépanier’s Into The Arctic project (intothearctic.com) has seen him paint, film, and explore Canada’s Arctic for almost a decade in an effort to create an unprecedented collection of original northern oil paintings.

To do so, he has undertaken three extensive Arctic expeditions that have led to the creation of more than 50 oil paintings from some of the most remote corners of the Arctic, many of them never before captured on canvas. Glacierside, an 2˝-metre-wide canvas of Ellesmere Island’s Quttinirpaaq National Park, is on exhibition at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C., until February 2016.

Trépanier’s journeys have led to two films, including the Canadian Screen Award nominated Into The Arctic II, which aired on the CBC's Documentary Channel and other networks in Canada and internationally.

Cory sets out on his fourth and last Into The Arctic expedition on June 29, 2015. For two months he will criss-cross Canada’s central Arctic and will explore, amongst other places, the last two Arctic National Parks that he has not yet painted and filmed: the Northwest Territories' Aulavik and Nunavut's Ukkusiksalik. This will bring the number of paintings in his Arctic collection to 75, and will include all seven Arctic National Parks and many landscapes in between. It will also lead to one more Into The Arctic film, completing the trilogy.

In 2017, the Into the Arctic paintings and films will continue to showcase Canada's North when they begin a North American travelling museum exhibition.


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