Permanent Collection

The Drake’s permanent art collection has been lovingly and meticulously assembled by our curatorial team, led by Mia Nielsen.

Trevor Wheatley & Cosmo Dean - New Shade (2015)

Trevor Wheatley & Cosmo Dean - New Shade (2015)

Trevor Wheatley & Cosmo Dean - New Shade (2015) Wood, latex paint, hardware, aircraft cable, variable dimensions

Canadian artist Trevor Wheatley (b. 1988, Canada) and collaborator Cosmo Dean are a Toronto-based duo specializing in word-based sculpture. Their large-scale graphic sculptures touch on modern slang words and phrases, placing them in various outdoor locations. The duo’s work has been featured at festivals including Wayhome, Osheaga (Montreal), and Life is Beautiful (Las Vegas). Some of their clientele includes Stussy, OVO, Nike, Holt Renfrew, Converse, Hypebeast,Roots, New Balance China,Top Shop, Nordstrom and Scotiabank.

BIRDO - Untitled (2016)

BIRDO - Untitled (2016)

BIRDO - Untitled (2016), Acrylic and aerosol on canvas

BirdO aka Saskatoon-raised Jerry Rugg is a Toronto based large-scale muralist and graffiti artist who’s signature style is painting animal hybrids. He uses geometric shapes and vibrant patterns to create imaginary creatures that are oftentimes found in back alleys throughout the city.

He was recently a featured artist in Miami’s Art Basel Festival and has been a part of Montreal’s Festival Mural, Rochester’s Wall Therapy among others. BirdO has been making a presence internationally, painting walls in Detroit, Nicaragua, Los Angeles, Miami, Baltimore, and Mexico City. Although he prefers to remain anonymous to pay homage to his graffiti roots, he has been gaining global recognition for his perfected craft. BirdO creates commissioned murals and takes on international residencies.

Ward Shelley and Douglas Paulson - The Library (2015)

Ward Shelley and Douglas Paulson - The Library (2015)

Ward Shelley and Douglas Paulson - The Library, 2015, wood and ink, 36 x 26 x 2.25in

The library is a sculpture made to resemble a regular bookcase. As authentic as it looks, all the contained books are fake, made to be individual creations by the two New York based artists Ward Shelley (b. 1950, NY) and Douglas Paulson (b. 1980, Pennsylvania).

Shelly and Paulson both have outstanding international recognition. Shelley is a multi-award winner, including the Joan Mitchell Foundation award for painting and sculpture and American Academy in Rome Fellowship. Paulson’s work was exhibited at the Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, Athens Biennial, Queens Museum of Art, Museum Moderner Kunst (austria) and more. Together the duo exhibited at Sculpture Center, NY, Dumbo Art Centre (NY), Museum of Modern Kunst (Austria), among others. You can find their sculpture by the entrance.

Don Maynard - Flock (2014)

Don Maynard - Flock (2014)

Don Maynard, Flock, 2014, aluminum,variable dimensions

As if arrested mid-flight, Flock evokes mass movement of birds, their aerial dance frozen as a sprawling pattern. From a distance, the play of light and shadow on a large wall creates an abstract pattern. Moving closer, the work is revealed as hundreds of individual aluminum airplanes stuck nose-first into the wall.

Don Maynard is a Canadian based artist. Some of his commissioned work includes OLRT, City of Ottawa Light Rail Transit Line; Fallen Star, outdoor sculptural installation for Half Moon Bay, City of Ottawa; Wave, outdoor sculptural installation for York Community Recreation Centre among others.

Don Maynard serves as a resource artist for the Department of Fine Arts at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where he teaches workshops and critiques students’ work

Jeremy Jansen - Park Life (2008-2014)

Jeremy Jansen - Park Life (2008-2014)

Jeremy Jansen, Park Life, 2008-2014, Paper, wheat paste and vinyl (120 x 252in)

The source image of lilies through a chain-link fence was photographed in 2008 and has been used by Jansen many times over the years. Drawn to installations with a monumental feel, he creates a frame within a frame by slightly enlarging the outer layer and converting the palette to black and white.

Jeremy Jensen (b. 1979, Calgary) is a Canadian artist currently based in LA. He works primarily in sculpture and photography. Recent solo and group exhibitions include V1 Gallery (Denmark); Greenpoint Terminal Gallery (New York); The Power Plant, COOPER COLE, and Tomorrow (Toronto); Plug In ICA (Winnipeg); La Miroiterie (France)