Hockney voted greatest living artist

  • 8 October 2013

David Hockney has been voted the greatest living artist in a poll of almost 1,000 people, ahead of fellow British artists Antony Gormley and Grayson Perry.

The results

  • 1. David Hockney (40%)
  • 2. Antony Gormley (16%)
  • 3. Grayson Perry (11%)
  • 4. Gerhard Richter (10%)
  • 5. Ai Weiwei (6%)
  • 6. Anish Kapoor (6%)
  • 7. Tracey Emin (3%)
  • 8. Rachel Whiteread (2%)
  • 9. Damien Hirst (2%)
  • 10. Tacita Dean and Jasper Johns (1%)
  • 12. Jeff Koons (1%)

With more votes than the next three artists put together, the Bradford-born painter was the clear favourite. The result was testament to Hockney's enduring popularity over a career spanning seven decades, from his early portraits in the late 1950s to the triumphant 2012 Royal Academy exhibition A Bigger Picture. 

Sculptor Antony Gormley was voted the second greatest with 16% of the vote, while Turner prize-winning ceramicist Grayson Perry received 11% of votes to round out an all-British top three.

An international trio of German painter Gerhard Richter, Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei and Indian-born sculptor Anish Kapoor filled the next three spots, while the Young British Artists occupied seventh to ninth positions led by Tracey Emin, with Rachel Whiteread pipping Damien Hirst for eighth. 

Video artist Tacita Dean and American Pop artist Jasper Johns were tied on votes in tenth, while master of kitsch Jeff Koons propped up the results.