Banksy's 'Balloon Girl' Has Been Voted Britain's Favourite Artwork, Because The Public Cannot Be Trusted

Gosh, aren't we trendy?

It is common knowledge that Banksy is certifiably Not Cool any more, ever since his anti-establishment allure became popular and 40-somethings in the Cotswolds started buying coasters with graffiti peace doves on them.

In fact, having an image of his on your wall as a millennial is like framing a poster that reads: 'I have no personality', particularly if said poster is his tear-jerkingly basic Balloon Girl.

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Leave it to the British public then, to vote it as our nation's favourite artwork.

The graffiti artist, whose identity still (semi) remains a mystery, beat Renaissance icons like Turner and modern masters like Hockney to be crowned the winner.

The 2002 graff done on the wall of a Shoreditch shop, Balloon Girl, was chosen by 2,000 people who were given a shortlist drawn up by arts editors and writers to choose from, in a poll carried about by Samsung (?!).

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.

Here's the full top 20:

  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

We're so good at voting aren't we? We should try doing it more often.