When Samsung commissioned a survey to find the UK’s favorite artwork, we can’t imagine they expected this result. With so many classics in the running to scoop the number one spot, who could ever have pictured (excuse the pun) that graffiti artist Banksy would come out on top.
The survey of 2,000 people was commissioned to find the nation’s favorite artwork by Samsung, in order to promote their TV which camouflages itself as one of 100 paintings when not in use (clever). The participants were asked to pick their 5 favorite pieces from a list put together by top art writers. It wasn’t just paintings in the running to take the top spot, however. The results included four sculptures and three album covers, including Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – both legendary.
In polls such as this, the number one spot tends to be dominated by classics such as The Hay Wain, by John Constable; a painting of the beautiful Suffolk countryside, which is quite possibly the most depicted jigsaw puzzle, teatowel and biscuit tin scene. However, Constable ended up in second place with Bristol-born Banksy leading the way instead. His Girl With Balloon painting first appeared in 2002, on a bridge in South Bank, London. The little girl sadly watching her heart balloon float off has since made it onto mugs, postcards, and even on Justin Bieber’s body in the form of a tattoo. You know you’ve made it big when…
Another version of the prolific artwork also caused a bit of drama when it appeared on the wall of a shop in East London, leading to the owners threatening to peel it off and sell it. A mini version on the back of a picture frame sold for nearly $100,000 in 2012. We can see why they wanted to sell a bigger version then!
So, who else made it into the top 10? Here’s the final results:
1 Banksy – Girl with Balloon
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 LS 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 in a River Landscape