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



Tessar Lo - In (2015)

Tessar Lo - In (2015)

(Stairs to Underground) Tessar Lo, In, 2015, mural, 108 x282in / 274 x 716cm

Tessar Lo (b.1984) is an Indonesian-born artist, currently residing in Toronto. His work captures the place in between dream- reality and waking-reality with the use of doodle like drawings that stretch beyond conventional boundaries. By studying technology during his school years, Lo gained a new perspective on art and a unique drawing technique. Since pursuing a career in the arts, Tessar Lo has been a huge success who exhibits his paintings internationally.
The tropical themed mural In can be found above the stairwell to Drake Underground.

Lo’s work has been exhibited internationally, including at The Art Gallery of Ontario, Power Plant, and Project Gallery (LA). He is currently represented by Artworks Consulting and Jaski Gallery (Amsterdam).

Jason McLean - The Sun Falls On Toronto (2013)

Jason McLean - The Sun Falls On Toronto (2013)

(South Lounge) Jason McLean, The Sun Falls on Toronto, 2013, acrylic on plywood, 134 x 52 in/340 x 132.08 cm

Jason Mclean (b.1971, London, ON) is a Canadian-born artist who currently resides in NY. Mclean approaches issues of displacement and alienation through a humorous outlet by using scavenged objects and memory mapping. His work is represented by two galleries in London and LA and gained international recognition due to the innovative techniques in his work. The Sun Falls on Toronto is a personal recreation of his emotional experience living in the city and can be found on the West wall of Drake’s restaurant.

Mclean has exhibited nationally and internationally including shows at The National Gallery of Canada, The Vancouver Art Gallery, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa (Venice), Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Loyal Gallery (Sweden), Richard Heller Gallery (Santa Monica), Franklin Parrish Gallery (NY) and Zieher Smith Gallery (NY). He has work in major collections throughout North America including the Museum of Modern Art, Vancouver Art Gallery, Bank of Montreal Collection and the Royal Bank of Canada.

Maya Hayuk - UNTITLED (2011)

Maya Hayuk - UNTITLED (2011)

(Room 222) Maya Hayuk, UNTITLED MURAL, 2011, approx. 2.1336 x 6.096 m/7 x 20 ft

Day or night, you cannot miss Maya Hayuk's glow-in-the-dark mural in Room 222. Maya Hayuk (b. 1969, Baltimore) is a Brooklyn-based painter and muralist. Her work for this particular room is lit by a black light, allowing you to see colours and hidden detail you would not have otherwise noticed. Explore this mesmerizing, geometric mural up close or from a far.

Hayuk’s work has been the subject of one person exhibitions and commissions at venues including The Bowery Wall (NY), The Hammer Museum (LA), The Museum Of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto) Bonnefanten Museum (The Netherlands) Musee E.A.V. (Brazil). Hayuk designed album covers for artists including the Beastie Boys and The Flaming Lips.

Kellen Hatanaka - Over Grown Pots (2016)

Kellen Hatanaka - Over Grown Pots (2016)

(Cafe patio) Kellen Hatanaka - Over Grown Pots, 2016, site-specific mural, approx. 2.1 x 4.3 m/7 x 14 ft

Kellen Hatanaka is a Toronto-based artist and designer who graduated from OCAD University. His illustrations possess a distinguishing quality through the use of bold colours and textures. In recent years, Hatanaka illustrated several children’s books. Hatanaka won a Governor General award for his children's books. Some of the clients he worked with include The Walrus and Absolut Vodka. His mural Over Grown Pots can be found by the café patio. See how well it complements the nature around it.

Ken Lum - Jim and Susan's Motel (2000)

Ken Lum - Jim and Susan's Motel (2000)

(Underground stairs) Ken Lum, JIM AND SUSAN'S MOTEL, 2000, plexiglas, powder-coated lacquered aluminum, plastic letters and enamel, 167.5 x 152.6 x 5 cm/66 x 60 x 2 in

On your way toward Drake Underground you will find what looks like an antique Motel sign, rich in detail and authentic qualities. The bold piece is created by Ken Lum (b. 1956, Vancouver), a Chinese-Canadian artist whose text based work is capable of both telling a story and manipulate space. Ken Lum is a visual artist as well as a curator, a writer and an educator. He employs different mediums in his practice, including sculpture and paintings yet his photo-textual work earned international recognition in recent years. He creates industrial signage to satirizes stereotypes and tell an ambiguous story.

Lum has exhibited extensively in Canada and internationally, of recent note The Whitney Museum of American Art’s 2014 Biennale, and represented Canada at the 1998 São Paulo Bienal. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and the Dorothy Somerset Award for Outstanding Achievement in Creative and Performing Art.