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 and augmented with select works by artists outside of Canada to create an international context for the collection.

Featured artists include:

Ken Lum + Laurie Simmons + 
Marcel Dzama + Jason Peters + Shary Boyle + Micah Lexier + 
Janet Werner + Bruce LaBruce + 
Isabelle Hayeur + 
Ken Lum + BGL + Jason McLean
 + Evan Penny + 
Tessar Lo + Aurel Schmidt + Icelandic Love Corporation
 + 

TM Sisters
 + Lazy Mom + 
Paul Butler + 
Dearraindrop
 + John Scott + INSA + 
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!

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

INSA - I Would Die 4 U, 2016

INSA - I Would Die 4 U, 2016

(SkyYard East Wall) INSA - I Would Die 4 U, 2016, Site specific mural, aerosol paint, 2.6 x 10 meters
Generously supported by Perrier Canada

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

Joy Broadbent, Hourglass, 2015

Joy Broadbent, Hourglass, 2015

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