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:
(North Lounge, Left) Joy Broadbent, Hourglass, 2015, Lightbox, 60 x 32IN / 152 x 335CM
Joy (b. 1977,Toronto) of the two Broadbent Sisters is exploring the theme of femininity through objects and nature in her painted lightbox titled Hourglass (on the left) and Desert Life (on the right of the North Lounge). The painting is a mental reflection on Joy’s experiences in Arizona, hence her use of warm colours, natural elements and homage to spirituality. You can also see their work installed at the Drake General Store on Queen West.
Broadbent Sisters are a part of the Festival Du Nouveau Cinema. Their work has been exhibited at Katzman Contemporary and the Art Gallery of Ontario, among others.
(North Lounge, Right) Joy Broadbent, Desert Life, 2015, Lightbox, 60 x 132IN / 152 x 335CM
(Lounge, DJ Booth)
Lazy Mom, Nice to Meat You, 2015, Site Specific Installation, 40 x 11IN / 101.5 x 28CM
New York-based duo LAZY MOM (Josie Keefe and Phyllis Ma) take food photography to the next level. Their food based animation and photography is rarely appetizing but always beautiful. Nice to Meat You is a humorous, playful and bold image of food that pushes the boundaries of restaurant décor. You can find this vibrant print on the DJ booth of the main restaurant.
In addition to their gallery exhibitions, LAZY MOM collaborated on commissioned works for clients including Vice and Giphy.
(Lounge, Raw Bar)
Luke Painter, Modern Art Sculpture Garden with Tiffany Stained Glass Windows, 2013-2015, Site Specific Installation, 65.5 x 107.5in / 166 x 273cm
Luke Painter (b. 1977, Canada) is a Toronto based artist, whose work combines elements of canon architecture, painting and design movements. MODERN ART SCULPTURE GARDEN WITH TIFFANY STAINED GLASS WINDOWS can be found behind the main bar at The Drake’s restaurant. This mural was created by combining methods of traditional watercolour and digital painting, giving it a unique quality and hand drawn brush strokes. Painter is currently an Associate Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University and had previously taught at Concordia University. He exhibits internationally, including at The Whitney and Museum of Moving Image (NY).
(Sky Yard, West Wall) Micah Lexier, Finger Drawing, 2016, site-specific mural, approx. 2.75 x 6.5 m/9 x 22 ft
Micah Lexier (b. 1960, Winnipeg) is a Governor General Award winning Canadian artist who’s internationally known for his unique way of combining conceptual art, sculpture and painting. Playing with industrial-made objects, instructional diagrams and site specific restrictions, Lexier creates work that is elegant and visually mesmerizing. The west wall of our Sky Yard is his designated outdoor gallery. Finger Drawing is the 5th mural Lexier painted over the 7 years of his ongoing exhibit.
Lexier did public commission works for the TTC, Air Canada Centre, National Trade Centre and more. His work is held in museum permanent collections worldwide, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, National Gallery of Australia and The British Museum.