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New Cory Trépanier exhibition displays paintings from across the Arctic

A decade in the making, these paintings show most of the northern national parks in all their beautiful variety
  • Feb 01, 2017
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Cory Trépanier has painted an iceberg from the seat of a canoe. He’s painted Mount Thor, the greatest vertical drop in the world. He’s painted on the edge of North America’s highest waterfall above the Arctic Circle, with ravaging hordes of mosquitos tempting him to leap. Now, the products of all that painting have made their way south to Washington D.C.

Until February 28, Trépanier’s newly premiered Into The Arctic exhibition will be at the Embassy of Canada; afterwards it will tour through a minimum of seven museums across the United States for over two years.

Over a decade in the making and the result of four separate expeditions to the Arctic, this collection of over 50 oil paintings and 2 documentary films depicts the raw beauty and startling variety of the North. It includes the stunning 4.6 meter wide Great Glacier, likely the largest single landscape painting ever to be created of the Canadian Arctic. The exhibition is presented in part by One Ocean Expeditions and Nunavut Tourism

The photos below offer a peek into those Arctic expeditions, and the paintings they inspired.

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Trépanier paints at Lake Hazen with his tent in the background. Quttinirpaaq National Park, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada. (Photo: Carl Trepanier)
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Trépanier paints an iceberg from Inuit guide Billy Arnaquq’s boat near Qikiqtarjuaq, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada. (Photo: Marten Berkman)
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Trépanier perched at the mouth of Wilberforce Falls, Hood River, West of Bathurst Inlet, Nunavut, Canada. (Photo: Max Attwood)
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Trépanier laying the final brushstrokes on his 15 foot wide Great Glacier, centrepiece of the Into The Arctic Exhibition. Painting shows the Henrietta Nesmith Glacier in Quttinirpaaq National Park, on Nunavut’s Ellesmere Island. Great Glacier, 66” x 180”, oil on linen (2016). (Photo courtesy Cory Trepanier)
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Cory Trépanier’s ‘Into The Arctic’ collection is on public display for the first time at the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C. (Jan 10 – Feb 28, 2017). The exhibition will then travel to venues across the USA for a minimum of two years. (Photo: Cory Trepanier)
 
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