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.

Kirsten McCrea - Spring Fling (2017)

Kirsten McCrea - Spring Fling (2017)

(Cafe patio) Kirsten McCrea, Spring Fling, 2017, site-specific mural, approx. 2.1 x 4.3 m/7 x 14 ft

Kirsten McCrea's colourful illustrations blend and layer patterns influenced by traditional floral ornamentation. Born in Edmonton and currently living/ working in Toronto, Kirsten has exhibited at the AGO, Montreal's Musee des Beaux Arts, and the Shanghai International Arts Festival. Her personal mantra "art is for everyone" reveals itself in Papirmass, the affordable art subscription service she's run since 2008. Her outdoor mural is sure to lift your spirits, whether you're lounging on the patio in the sun or simply strolling past on a cloudy day.

Wil Murray - Ouija's The Colour Of My True Love's Hair (2009)

Wil Murray - Ouija's The Colour Of My True Love's Hair (2009)

(Room 202) Wil Murray, Ouija's The Colour Of My True Love's Hair, 2009, acrylic and foam on board, 70 x 50 x 10in/ 177 x 127 x 25cm

Visitors to The Drake can take a peek at artist Wil Murray's work in a number of spaces, including rooms at Drake Devonshire, on the third floor stairs in our flagship's permanent collection, and in Room 202 where this piece hangs above the bed. Murray's practice exists somewhere between painting and sculpture. He approaches materials unconventionally, working and re-working existing work until it transforms into something new.

Murray (b. Calgary, 1978) lives and works in Berlin. He is represented by VITRINE (London). His recent exhibitions include THE ONLYES POWER IS NO POWER at VITRINE, London (2017); SPRAY CAN SEA, OOH BARED ASS, VET HER, Jarvis Hall Fine Art, Calgary, CA (2016); and The Enemies of the Novel, Back Gallery Project, Vancouver (2015).