Banksy's 'Balloon Girl' beats paintings by Constable and Turner to be named Britain's favourite artwork

Banksy's 'Balloon Girl' beats paintings by Constable and Turner to be named Britain's favourite artwork
27 July 2017, Thursday
Independent

Graffiti artist Banksy has beaten the likes of Turner and Constable in a poll of the nation’s favourite artwork.


His famous 2002 daubing on the wall of a Shoreditch shop, Balloon Girl, came top of a list of British art preferred by 2,000 people who were given a shortlist drawn up by arts editors and writers to choose from.


Second place went to John Constable’s 1821 Romantic landscape The Hay Wain while third spot was taken by Jack Vettriano’s 1992 painting The Singing Butler.


JMW Turner’s 1839 work The Fighting Temeraire, also from the Romantic era, and Antony Gormley’s 1998 sculpture The Angel Of The North completed the top five of a total of 20 beloved artworks.


The poll was carried out to mark the launch of a new Samsung TV, The Frame, which carries more than 100 pre-loaded artworks for users to choose from, making it into a piece of art when not being used as a television.

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