The Drake’s permanent art collection has been lovingly and meticulously assembled by our curatorial team, led by Mia Nielsen.
(pavilion) Faile, Untitled, 2014, mural, 300 x 240in/762 x 609.5cm
Blurring the boundaries that separate street and fine art, Faile bring their innovative high/low mash-up of imagery sourced from billboard, advertising posters and the street through a distinct pop art lens.
Faile is a Brooklyn-based duo consisting of Patrick McNeil (b. 1975, Alberta) and Patrick Miller (b. 1976, Minnesota). Their work is exhibited internationally, including the Tate Modern (London), Gordon Gallery (Israel), Galerie Ernst Hilger (Vienna), Portugal Arte 10 (Portugal),MIMA Museum (Brussels), and Summerhall Museum (Scotland). In recent years, the duo created a commissioned Public Sculpture by Mongolian Arts Council, built a seasonal installation at Time Square and were commissioned to build a new installation in the five story atrium space of the David H. Koch Theater at the Lincoln Center on New York's Upper West Side.
Kirsten Hassenfeld, Cabin Fever< (detail pictured), 2010-2014, mixed media with vintage paper, variable dimensions
Using the simplest materials, NYC's Kirsten Hassenfeld (B. 1971 ,USA ) created this monumental installation that fills the atrium at the entrance. Catch it first thing in the morning when the light pours in through the window.
Hassenfeld’s ornate work has been exhibited all over North America as well as in Europe, including MoMA, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Center for Contemporary Culture at Palazzo Strozzi (Italy), Queens Museum at Bulova Corporate Headquarters (NY) and more. She won several awards including the Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship (New Hampshire) and Workspace Program, Dieu Donné Papermill (NY).
Gordon Monahan, Piano Listening to Itself, 2010-2014, modified piano, electronics and hardware
Legendary composer and sound artist, Gordon Monahan (b. 1956, Kingston), brings his piece, Piano Listening to Itself to the Devonshire's garden, it will be there in all seasons providing ghostly sounds of Chopin to all who stroll by.
Monahan is an internationally famous experimental composer and sound artist as well as a Governor General Award winner. His work varies between installation and performance. In 2001, Gordon performed during the Canadian pavilion Opening Gala at the Venice Biennale. Some of his commissioned work can be seen at the Sony Centre (Berlin) and Warsaw Autumn Festival (Poland). In recent years, Gordon’s work was shown at Kammerspiele Bonn Bad Godesberg (Germany), Canadian Stage Theatre (Toronto), The Hague (Holland), Instants Chavirés (France) ZeitRäume Basel (Switzerland)Klangspuren Festival (Austria) Gallery Stratford (Stratford, ON) and PACT Zollverein (Germany).
Team Macho, Terminette, Vintage painting updated in 2014, oil on canvas, 20 x 16in
Toronto collective, Team Macho made a special contribution to the Devonshire. With sly wit and a deft hand, the painters lovingly 'improved upon' 30+ vintage paintings. Most are tucked away Behind Closed Doors, but Terminette was one of our favourites and holds court on the second floor.
Team Macho consists of Nicholas Aoki (b. 1980, Toronto), Stephen Appleby-Barr (b. 1981, Toronto) Chris Buchan (b. 1979, St. Catherines) and Lauchie Reid (b. 1981, Vancouver). The fun, energetic work by this collective was exhibited at places including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Bata Shoe Museum, Narwhal Gallery, Sid Lee Collective (Amsterdam) and Gallery Hanahou (NY).
Jennifer Murphy, Bird, 2010, printed paper, thread, pins, 77 x 68in/195.58 x 172.72 cm
In collaging hand-cut photos culled from old nature magazines and text books, Toronto artist Jennifer Murphy (b. 1974, Canada) transforms an array of animal kingdom creatures into a large-scale, hybrid bird spirit. The framed work hangs in our lobby, and subtly recalls the County's spring and fall migrating birds.
Murphy won an award with Now Magazine for best artist working in painting. She was also award by both Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils. Collections which hold her work include McCarthy Tétrault, TD Bank and Bank of Montreal. Murphy’s work was exhibited at the Power Plant, Mercer Union ,Banff Centre and many more.