Trépanier’s oil paintings and passionate films are conceived through extensive exploration into some of the most wild places on our planet.
His artistic expeditions have led him to tackle challenges few encounter, including a knee-punishing trek on Ellesmere Island with a 120lb backpack; enduring ravaging 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; canoeing around an iceberg with his easel to capture it from a unique point of view; and depicting Mount Logan, Canada’s highest mountain, from the Kluane ice fields at 10,000 ft… all for the sake of his art.
In 2001, Trépanier first began filming his 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.
In January of 2017, Trépanier’s INTO THE ARCTIC Exhibition – an unprecedented collection of over 50 canvases and 3 films from his INTO THE ARCTIC project – began touring for 4 years, with 12 museums on the itinerary to date. Created from over a decade of painting and exploring the Canadian North, it premiered at the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C. In 2018, it’s Canadian premiere was in Vancouver. In 2020, the collection will travel overseas for a European premiere in Monaco. Highlighting the collection is the 15 foot wide Great Glacier, quite possibly the largest Arctic landscape painting in Canada’s history.
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. Through his unique vision, expressed through art, films, public speaking, online media, and a forthcoming coffee table book in 2020, Cory inspires others to a deeper appreciation of our planet.
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.