Redhill crowned top art-buying town in Britain

News Posted 15/09/21
A study by Artfinder, the UK’s biggest art marketplace, has revealed that Redhill in Surrey is Britain’s number one art-buying town, with 3,198 artworks bought per 100,000 inhabitants.

Redhill’s art-lovers buy more paintings than any other kind of art, with oil and acrylic paintings making up half of all pieces bought. Landscapes, sea and sky (30% of all purchases) is the preferred artwork subject, with people and portraits coming a close second (20% of all purchases).

When it comes to style, the people of Redhill’s top purchases are on both impressionistic (30% of all purchases) and abstract art (15% of all purchases). Interestingly, grey is the most popular artwork colour across the UK, including Redhill, where it is used on 41% of all pieces purchased.

Also in the top 10 were towns such as Motherwell, Kirkcaldy, Kilmarnock, Paisley, Rochester, Romford, Truro, LLandudno, and Tunbridge Wells.

Michal Szczesny, CEO of Artfinder, said: “It’s brilliant to see Redhill crowned as the art-buying capital of the UK. 2020 saw a real boom for the online art market, with overall online art sales worldwide doubling to a record high of $12.4 billion in 2020, accounting for an all-time high of 25% of the art market’s overall value, up from just 9% in 2019.

“Our study shows that the whole of the UK is buying original art for their homes and here at Artfinder, we couldn’t be happier to provide the nation’s art-lovers with unique pieces created by independent artists.”

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