Into the Arctic

February 16-May 12, 2019

Paintings and films from the furthest reaches of the Canadian North. 

Over a decade in the making, Cory Trépanier’s Into the Arctic exhibition tour presents the most ambitious body of artwork ever created about the Canadian Arctic. Adding to his majestic paintings are a series of Arctic films, which cinematically convey the wonder, awe and challenges of his northern painting expeditions.

With a 120 lb pack full of painting, filming, and camping gear, he traversed over 40,000 kilometres, through six national parks and 16 Arctic communities, and explored many more places in between. He travelled by plane, helicopter, ship, boat, canoe, and on foot, often stripping back his supplies to the basics of hiking boots, food, and a tent, in order to immerse himself in his subject.

His four expeditions have led him to tackle challenges few encounter, including enduring ravaging hordes of mosquitoes while painting at the edge of the highest waterfall in the world above the Arctic Circle; being surrounded by wolves; canoeing up to an iceberg to paint it from a unique floating point of view; and painting Mount Logan, Canada’s highest mountain, from the Kluane ice fields at 10,000 feet, all in order to engage audiences through the beauty of the Canadian Arctic, and instill concern for careful stewardship of one of the most fragile regions of our planet.

“Exploring and painting the Arctic intimately - by hiking, canoeing, camping, traveling with the Inuit - all this prepares me to experience nature’s wonder on a visceral and emotional level. Through this approach, I experience firsthand the awe and overwhelming sense of humility that is brought on from the realization of how tiny I am in these expansive landscapes,” Trépanier has said.

The Into the Arctic exhibition showcases an unprecedented collection of over 60 Arctic oil paintings and three films from Trepanier’s Arctic expeditions to the furthest reaches of the Canadian North, a wilderness so remote and untouched, that many of its landscapes have never been documented before.

Highlighting the collection is Trépanier’s 15-foot-wide Great Glacier, quite possible the largest Arctic landscape painting in Canada’s history.

Cory 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 Explorers Club of Canada, and was recently honored with its highest award, the 2015 Stefansson Medal.

“Like some of the great figures in polar exploration history, Cory Trépanier combines the courage and adventurousness of an explorer with the exacting skill and powerful creative vision of an artist.”
  –John Geiger, Chief Executive Officer, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society/Canadian Georgraphic Enterprises

INTO THE ARCTIC is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C.
David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director

Presenting Sponsor

Teck American Incorporated

Additional support provided by

Consulate General of Canada, Seattle



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Top image:

Painting Iceberg from Canoe. Trépanier captures an iceberg on canvas while floating in a portable canoe near Qikiqtarjuaq, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada. Photo by Cory Trépanier.

Floating By, Cory Trépanier, 2011©, oil on linen.


Regular screenings of Trépanier's films Into the Arctic: An Artist's Journey to the North and Into the Arctic 2
Thursdays and Saturdays
1 pm and 2:30 pm
respectively, through May 11.