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Banksy’s ‘Balloon Girl’ Beats 19 Others To Be Named UK’s Favorite Artwork

By Yoon Sann Wong, 26 Jul 2017



In a survey conducted by Samsung UK, 2,000 people voted for their most beloved British artwork from a shortlist put together by arts editors and writers. Graffiti artist Banksy’s 2002 ‘Balloon Girl’ clinched top place, leaving John Constable’s 1821 landscape ‘The Hay Wain’ in second place, and Jack Vettriano’s 1992 painting ‘The Singing Butler’ in third position.

‘The Frame National Art Audit’ was initiated to celebrate the launch of Samsung’s new television ‘The Frame’, which comes with more than 100 pre-loaded artworks for users to display on screen when it’s not in use.

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See the UK’s top 10 most beloved artworks in the video below. The complete ranking of the 20 artworks in the audit is included beneath the clip.



1. Banksy, ‘Balloon Girl’
2. John Constable, ‘The Hay Wain’
3. Jack Vettriano, ‘The Singing Butler’
4. JMW Turner, ‘The Fighting Temeraire’
5. Antony Gormley, ‘The Angel of the North’
6. L. S. Lowry, ‘Going to the Match’
7. John William Waterhouse, ‘The Lady of Shalott’
8. Peter Blake, ‘Sgt Pepper album cover’
9. Hipgnosis and George Hardie, ‘Dark Side of the Moon album cover’
10. George Stubbs, ‘Mares and Foals’
11. Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr and Mrs Andrews’
12. John Everett Millais, ‘Ophelia’
13. Andy Goldsworthy, ‘Balanced Rock Misty’
14. David Hockney, ‘A Bigger Splash’
15. Bridget Riley, ‘Movement in Squares’
16. Anish Kapoor, ‘ArcelorMittal Orbit’
17. Stik, ‘A Couple Hold Hands in the Street’
18. Maggi Hambling, ‘Scallop’
19. Henry Moore, ‘Reclining Figure’
20. Jamie Reid, ‘Never Mind the Bollocks album cover’


[via The Independent, video via Samsung UK, image via video screenshot]
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