Cory Trépanier, “Up Close,” oil on linen, 14 x 12 in. (c) Private Collection 2017

The arctic has made its way to Arizona this month, but only in brilliant artistic form as Cory Trépanier’s “Into the Arctic” recently opened at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

As it tours across the United States to eight museums in the coming years, “Into the Arctic” — an incredible body of 50 oil paintings of the Candian Arctic, executed en plein air and in studio by painter Cory Trépanier —opened on June 10 at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona.

Cory Trépanier, “Bottom’s Up,” oil on linen, 31 x 10 in. (c) Private Collection 2017
Cory Trépanier, “Evening in Auyuittuq,” oil on linen, 27 x 11 in. (c) Private Collection 2017
Cory Trépanier, “In the Distance,” oil on linen, 16 x 5 1/4 in. (c) Private Collection 2017

The paintings were created over four extensive expeditions into the Canadian Arctic, and the centerpiece of the exhibition is a grand, 15-foot-wide picture of Great Glacier. The brilliant, chilling views will undoubtedly bring a breath of cool air to the hot desert sands.

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Editor PleinAir Today, Andrew Webster
Andrew Webster is the Editor of Plein Air Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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