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:
2013, oil on canvas 67 X 55 inches / 170 X 130 cm
The largest painting in the North Lounge stairwell is done by a Montreal-based painter Janet Werner (b. 1959, Winnipeg). Her beautiful, cool coloured paintings often depict traditionally beautiful, fairy tale-like women with slightly disproportionate features. Her work explores ubiquity and femininity through creation of characters. As you pass by Ariel, you will catch a glimpse of lonely void in the blue background of this mesmerizing piece.
Werner currently teaches at the University of Concordia. Some of her solo shows took place at the Art Gallery of Windsor, The Ottawa Art Gallery, and SBC Gallery.
2007, pencil, coloured pencil, blood on paper, 15 x 15 in/38 x 38 cm
Aurel Schmidt (b. 1982, Canada) left her British Columbian home in her early 20s to seek inspiration in the wild streets of New York City. Aurel received international recognition for incorporating food, body parts and rotting organic waste in her oddly beautiful illustrations. Pretty is a semi- portrait of a simple smiley face made up of an illustrated tampon, rips, burns and some blood from the artist’s finger.
Some of the places that exhibited Schmidt’s work are the Whitney and Saatchi Gallery (NY).
Screen print, glow paint, Dixon pen and graphite on paper, 19.5 x 16.5in / 49.5 x 41.9cm
Canadian- born Marcel Dzama (b. 1974, Winnipeg) creates outstanding work in painting, sculpture and costumes, earning him international stardom in the art world. Dzama’s work appears in the film and music industry, having worked with artists like Beck and Bob Dylan. Some of his latest work includes designing set and costumes for New York City’s ballet The Most Incredible Thing. Andy’s Pawn #2 is the boldest coloured piece in the stairwell and is done in his recognizably playful and fetish inspired aesthetic.
Dzama’s work is held in museum collections worldwide, including Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal; Museum of Contemporary Art, LA; The Museum of Modern Art, NY; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; Tate Gallery, London; and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
(North Lounge - left side) Jenny Sharaf, printed canvas wrap of paint on paper, 60 x 40 inches/31.5 x 40 inches
The mystical looking scenery smeared with paint is a print by San Francisco based Jenny Sharaf (b. 1985, LA). Her work varies in material but the theme in her practice often explores the idea of being a California Girl. Through the use of collage and photo manipulation, she re-contextualizes iconic Hollywood imagery and Californian landscapes, exploring its evolved meaning in the 21st century. See this piece in the North Lounge. Sharaf’s work was featured in Coachella festivals and has been exhibited all over California. She recently completed a piece for Google headquarters in San Francisco.
(North Lounge- right side) Jenny Sharaf, printed canvas wrap of paint on paper