big country: call of the wild

Its a great business model. He travels into the far north, the deep tundra, and paints wilderness from within. He has corporate sponsorship from parka to paint brush and he even carries a rifle to defend himself and sometimes his family against savage wildlife in their pristine natural habitat. Ultimately, with the marketing template, he doesn’t even have to paint. Cory Trepanier as the white artist explorer going where few have gone or dare to go; the clientele may be from the drawing rooms and salons and he provides a kind of vicarious experience. After the far north gets worn out he can show the flag , love of country and the real untamed wilderness in the urban nature preserves of Hochelaga East in Montreal, or downtown Sudbury on a Saturday night. Sometimes painting under conditions befitting of Lonergan and the Ants:

(see link at end)…His vision is so enormous that he had to renovate his barn to accommodate it.


…Three years ago, Cory undertook his most ambitious project of all, venturing far into the western and high Arctic. Over three months, he travelled to a dozen locations, primarily on Ellesmere and Baffin islands, places so remote few people have ever visited them. “I can’t deny the thrill of knowing that I may be the first person ever to paint this view,” Cory says. “It feeds my inner passion for exploration and marries it to the canvas.”

Into the Arctic II, the 85-minute documentary that traces his amazing trip to these seldom-visited places, premiered on the big screen in Bolton last October. Since then, it’s been shown in seven Ontario cities, including Ottawa, as well as Iqaluit. … CBC’s Documentary Channel gave both his Arctic films back-to-back prime-time airing in December.

As executive producer, director, cinematographer and narrator of Into the Arctic II, Cory has created a riveting film that is part Survivorman, part travelogue and part History Channel, all the while featuring his stunning oil paintings.

—“Nanook of the North”, Robert J. Flaherty—Read More:

To get to Mount Thor, Sam Ford Fjord, Wilberforce Falls, Coronation Glacier and other iconic, but seldom-visited Canadian sites he travelled by float plane, boat and hiking boots with the help of Inuit guides. At one point, he and his brother Carl lugged hundred-pound packs stuffed with food, camping gear, paints, canvases and easel, as well as camera equipment.

To paint icebergs, he and his guide moved in closer than caution would dictate as these extraordinary formations calved off house-sized chunks of ice that could have swamped their small motor launch. To capture Wilberforce Falls on the Hood River from a lofty vantage point, he perched himself on the edge of a canyon and tied his easel to nearby trees as he battled gusty winds and hellish legions of mosquitoes…Read More:

Cory Trepanier can be sen as something of a post-modern Hemingway type figure., where the traveling an exotic locales are part of a larger

istic aesthetic. Image:

all in good jest as the paintings look great and it beats teaching; Trepanier’s art supplies are furnished by Daler-Rowney which is one of Madame Pickwick’s major suppliers. DR  actually manufacture their own brushes which if he uses the Signet line, are top quality for oils. Probably oils are easier used in cold dry weather than acrylics, but in terms of marketing and popular demand, it would give a boost to some excellent acrylic paint under the System 3 and System 3 Heavy body lines. Ingmar Bergman could have probably some something with this style of storytelling…

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