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



Francesco Pignatelli - PHARMACIE (2004)

Francesco Pignatelli - PHARMACIE (2004)

(Suite) Francesco Pignatelli, PHARMACIE, 2004, c-print photo, reverse mounted to plexiglass,
122 x 152 cm/48 x 60 in


Francesco Pignatelli (b. 1971, Milan) is an Italian photographer who lived in several European cities and exhibits internationally. He uses negative colours to play with our understanding of the familiarity versus subjectivity. His work often depicts Renaissance themes and painting through a contemporary lens. Pharmacies is a photograph of an eclectic street corner that looks like it could exist in any city, yet full of unique colours and dreamy lights.

Patryk Stasieczek - Dark Light (2014)

Patryk Stasieczek - Dark Light (2014)

(Second to Third Floor Hotel Stairway) Patryk Stasieczek, Dark Light, 2014, iterative photogram light paintings on fujitrans chromgenic paper, colour lighting gels, flourescent light fixtures, approx. 50 × 48 in / 127 × 121.9 cm.

Canadian artist Patryk Stasieczek (b. 1984, Canada) started off his art practice in photography. Having a unique understanding of light and space, he created the stairwell installation Dark Light by painting florescent lights and assembling them up against the wooden walls of The Drake. His colourful vertical lights resemble an abstract rainbow, lighting up the high ceiling space. Stasieczek has exhibited across Canada, including exhibitions at Access Gallery, Galerie Les Territoires, Eastern Bloc, FIELD Contemporary, and the FOFA Gallery.

Julia Dickens - Eye See You (2014)

Julia Dickens - Eye See You (2014)

(Third floor hotel courtyard) Julia Dickens, Eye See You, 2014, site-specific mural, approx. 2.43 x 4.87 m/8 x 16 ft

Julia Dickens is a local artist whose work stands out in its use of colour and detail. Dickens is well versed in different mediums, practicing both animation and illustration. She is a former board member of White House Studio Projects and worked as an educational workshop facilitator at the National Film Board. Her beautiful, large mural can only be seen through two windows of the property, which gives it a feel of exclusivity. Find it on the Third floor hotel courtyard.

Ross Bonfanti - CONCREATURES AT MY WINDOW (2009)

Ross Bonfanti - CONCREATURES AT MY WINDOW (2009)

(Rooftop) Ross Bonfanti, CONCREATURES AT MY WINDOW, 2009, mixed-media installation,dimensions variable

Ross Bonfanti (b. 1969, Canada) is a Canadian artist who works with mixed media, specializing in concrete sculpture. His work is installed on the third floor of the hotel’s courtyard and can only be seen through two windows of the property-one of them being a guest room. The inaccessible rooftop courtyard is populated by large stuffed animals, rich in detail and unique features. Glancing onto Concreatures at my Window is like glancing into one’s childhood tea party.

Bonfanti exhibits in Rebecca Hossack galleries all over the world. His work makes a part of several museum collections including 21C Museum (Kentucky), Boca Raton Museum of Art (Florida), Hirshhorn Museum (Washington DC), Canada Council for the Arts (Ottawa).

Nevin Aladag - Pattern Matching (2015)

Nevin Aladag - Pattern Matching (2015)

Pattern Matching (RED-FLOWERS-YELLOW) 2015, Carpet Collage 51 x 31 inch

The wall mounted, colorful carpet you see on your way down the lobby stairs is a sculptural collage by a Berlin-based artist Nevin Aladag (b. 1972, Turkey). In her work, Aladag explores the spatial relations between sculpture and its environment. Pattern Matching is a part of her carpet sculpture series that combine traditional Asian hand-made crafts and contemporary, pop-culture inspired themes. Much of her sculptural work is installed in public spaces and resembles household furniture items taken out of their context and original function through her genre-redefining style.

Aladag exhibits internationally and is a part of several notable public collections including Centre Pompidou (France), Collection Sheikha Hoor al-Qasimi (Sharjah), Collection Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Austria), Collection Vehbi Koc Foundation (Turkey), DeKaBank (Germany) and more.