Trépanier’s oil paintings and passionate films are conceived through extensive exploration into some of the most wild places on our planet.
Each artistic expedition is not without its own set of challenges, there was the knee-punishing trek on Ellesmere Island with a 120lb backpack; enduring hordes of mosquitoes while painting at the edge of one of the highest waterfalls in the world above the Arctic Circle; being surrounded by Arctic wolves; and being stranded on the Kluane ice fields when an unrelenting storm rolls in. Each voyage offers striking landscapes, and adrenaline… lots of it.
In 2001, Trépanier first began filming his art-fuelled expeditions, leading to five documentaries: A Painter’s Odyssey, Into the Arctic, Into the Arctic II (nominated for a Canadian Screen Award) and TrueWild: Kluane. His fifth film, Into the Arctic: Awakening, had its first public screening in Monaco before Prince Albert II.
2017 marked the launch of the INTO THE ARCTIC ExhibitionTour, a collection that showcases over 50 oil paintings and 3 films. The tour premiered at the Canadian Embassy in 2017 in Washington D.C and has toured ten museums since. The title piece of the collection is the 15 foot wide Great Glacier, one of the largest Arctic landscape paintings in Canada’s history. At the invitation of the Prince Albert II Foundation and Monaco’s Ambassador, the next opening will be at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco in March of 2020. The tour has two subsequent U.S. dates in 2020.
In 2019, Cory partnered with the Canadian Geographic Education to create the INTO THE ARCTIC Film Trilogy K-12 teachers guide. Through it, Cory’s films are being made available to over 20,000 educators and their students nationwide for free. Seven modules educate and engage about geography, environmental and social sciences, humanities, Indigenous culture, history, survival, and the arts.
In the Fall of 2020, Trépanier is set to launch a coffee table book entitled INTO THE ARCTIC: Paintings of Canada’s Changing North with Rocky Mountain Books. The coffee table book will feature his Arctic paintings, sketches and stories. Moreover, the book will also feature contributions from Arctic friend and outfitter Billy Arnaquq, forwards by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and Senator Pat Bovey; Robert Bateman, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Wade Davis, and John Geiger; and includes a bio and essay by Todd Wilkinson.
This collection preserves one of the most fragile, and spectacular regions of our planet and shares the wonder of the North, and its people, with others far away.
Trépanier has been featured in media around the globe, and his documentaries broadcast internationally, sharing his passion for the wild places that he explores and paints.
His work — inspired through intimate, awe-filled exploration of wild places near and far — conveys a timely and critical message about the wonder of nature, and fosters a deeper appreciation of our world and contemplation about the impacts we have on it.
Canadian Geographic named Trépanier one of Canada’s Top 100 Living Explorers. He is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a member of The Explorers Club, receiving the Canadian Chapters highest award, the Stefansson Medal. He is National Champion of the Great Trail.