Banksy artwork 'best of British'
A PICTURE by Banksy has been voted the most quintessentially British work of art in a poll of fellow artists.
The survey rated the Bristol-born graffiti artist's stencil painting of two kissing policemen – first sprayed onto the wall of a pub in Brighton – number one on a list of works said to best represent the country's artistic heritage.
Antony Gormley's 1998 sculpture Angel of the North came second ahead of Lucian Freud's 1995 reclining nude Benefits Supervisor Sleeping.
Turner came in seventh place with his 1839 oil painting The Fighting Temeraire, while Constable's 19th-century masterpiece The Hay Wain came tenth.
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Tracey Emin's unmade bed and Damien Hirst's shark in formaldehyde, officially titled The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, also made the top 10.
The poll was taken among 1,000 British artists ahead of an art fair being staged in London next week.
The Other Art Fair runs for four days from May 10 and will give the public a chance to buy works direct from artists.