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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