Permanent Collection

Our permanent art collection has been a labour of love since we first opened our doors.
From Drake’s inception, promoting and sharing art has been integral to our vision, and over the last few years we’ve had the pleasure of working directly with extraordinary artists
to develop site-specific installations throughout all our venues. Expect to see works that range from spare conceptual installations to site-specific murals to kinetic sculptures.
The collection is grounded in contemporary Canadian art with major works by notable artists such as Ken Lum, Micah Lexier, Isabelle Hayeur and Evan Penny. In addition, select works by artists outside of Canada create an international context for the collection.

Featured artists include:
Laurie Simmons + Micah Lexier + 
Tyler Clark Burke
 + Bruce LaBruce + 
Isabelle Hayeur + 
Ken Lum + 
Marianne Lovink
 + Evan Penny + 
Icelandic Love Corporation
 + Balint Zsako +

Francesco Pignatelli + 
TM Sisters
 + Ross Bonfanti + 
Paul Butler + 
Dearraindrop
 +
Elaine Stocki + 
Søren Lose + 
Maya Hayuk + more

Jason Peters - Never What It Seems (2015)

Jason Peters - Never What It Seems (2015)

You may have noticed something different on your nighttime walk along West Queen West. It could be because The Drake Hotel’s Sky Yard has got a new night light. Brooklyn-based artist Jason Peters’, Never What It Seems took shape in the fall and will call the Sky Yard home for seasons ahead. The snaking, winding structure, made of hundreds of 2-gallon buckets, is lit from within creating a magical + extraordinary new view. The Drake Hotel’s rooftop gives us an exciting opportunity to create playful environments that invite guests to revel in something they haven’t seen before – and we hope you’ll love it as much as we do!

From left: Shary Boyle - Jan of Finland (2005), Laurie Simmons - Red Head/Red Dress/Selfie (2014), Janet Werner - Ariel (2013), Aurel Schmidt - Pretty (2007), Marcel Dzama - Andy's Pawn #2 (2014)

From left: Shary Boyle - Jan of Finland (2005), Laurie Simmons - Red Head/Red Dress/Selfie (2014), Janet Werner - Ariel (2013), Aurel Schmidt - Pretty (2007), Marcel Dzama - Andy's Pawn #2 (2014)

(Dining Room stairs) Shary Boyle, Jan of Finland, 2005, oil on panel, 22 x 18 in/55.5 x 45 cm
Laurie Simmons, Red Head/Red Dress/Selfie, 2014, pigment print, 5/5, 28 ¾ X 20 in/73 X 50.8 cm
Janet Werner, Ariel, 2013, oil on canvas 67 X 55 inches / 170 X 130 cm
Aurel Schmidt, Pretty, 2007, pencil, coloured pencil, blood on paper, 15 x 15 in/38 x 38 cm
Marcel Dzama, Andy's Pawn #2, 2014, Screen print, glow paint, Dixon pen and graphite on paper, 19.5 x 16.5in / 49.5 x 41.9cm

Evan Penny - Back of Kelly, V.2 (2005)

Evan Penny - Back of Kelly, V.2 (2005)

(Sky Yard stairs) Evan Penny, BACK OF KELLY, V.2, 2005, silicone, pigment, hair, fabric and aluminum, 84 x 62 x 15 cm/33 x 24.5 x 6 in

Joy Broadbent, Hourglass, 2015

Joy Broadbent, Hourglass, 2015

(North Lounge, Left) Joy Broadbent, Hourglass, 2015, Lightbox, 60 x 32IN / 152 x 335CM

Joy Broadbent, Desert Life, 2015

Joy Broadbent, Desert Life, 2015

(North Lounge, Right) Joy Broadbent, Desert Life, 2015, Lightbox, 60 x 132IN / 152 x 335CM