The Top Trending & Searched For Blue Chip Artists in 2023
The most searched for blue chip artists

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Art collectors and investors in 2023, have shown willing to pay a premium for artists and names they trust - something that’s been extensively highlighted in our market report, underscoring a larger market truth: trends dictate values, and sales are driven by established brands.

Celebrity-themed artworks, historical pieces, and the allure of anonymous artists have shaped the preferences of collectors and investors, indicating the crucial influence of branded artists and media presence in shaping the dynamics of art sales.

These trends in the art market have been reflected in search worldwide, with the “established brand” artists seeing more interest. Trends in search for 2023 have come from exhibitions, collaborations, new releases, anniversaries of historical art market events, fashion house collaborations, merchandise, clothing and record-breaking sales.

When looking at search interest over the year, we’ve seen two blue chip artists trend most, David Hockney and Banksy - both artists with exhibitions hosted in the year, and plenty of press surrounding the likes of solo-shows, collaborations and more.

Most Searched For Blue Chip Artists 2023

  1. Hockney
  2. Banksy
  3. Jean-Michel Basquiat
  4. Andy Warhol
  5. Kaws
  6. Pablo Picasso
  7. Keith Haring
  8. Yayoi Kusama
  9. L. S. Lowry
  10. Francis Bacon
  11. Bridget Riley
  12. Gerhard Richter
  13. Damien Hirst
  14. Roy Lichtenstein
  15. Lucian Freud
  16. Tracey Emin
  17. Alex Katz
  18. Ed Ruscha
  19. Harland Miller
A self portrait by David Hockney executed with acrylic paint on canvas, depicting the artist against a plain white background wearing a brown and red checked suit, a yellow tie and glasses, holding a paint brush which reaches to the right-hand side of the composition.Self Portrait, 22nd November 2021 by David Hockney. Acrylic on canvas. 1219.2 x 914.4 mm © David Hockney. Photo Credit: Jonathan Wilkinson, Collection of the artist.

David Hockney in 2023

In 2023, David Hockney saw; a collaboration with Lightroom for the Bigger & Closer show, the Drawing From Life exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, and 100% sell-through rates at sales.

When looking at search data, you see top queries relating to ‘David Hockney exhibition’, with rising interest in queries such as; ‘David Hockney Ted Lasso’ relating to an art work in the background of a TV show - a topic we explored with an art curator earlier in the year.

CUT & RUN Exhibition LogoCUT & RUN Exhibition Logo © Banksy 2023

Banksy in 2023

In 2023, Banksy saw; the five-year anniversary of Love Is In The Bin, the Cut & Run exhibition in Glasgow and his identity being “revealed” in a BBC podcast.

When looking at search data, naturally one of the top queries relating to the artist is surrounding his identity, ‘who is Banksy?’. The rising queries surround the Cut & Run exhibition, ‘Banksy Glasgow tickets’ and ‘Banksy exhibition Glasgow - his first solo exhibition in fourteen years.

Andy Warhol & Basquiat in boxing glovesImage © Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons / Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, New York 1985

Jean-Michel Basquiat in 2023

In 2023, Jean-Michel Basquiat saw; a Basquiat X Warhol exhibition in Paris, forgery scandals, and more and more features in fashion.

When looking at search data, the top queries are ‘Basquiat art’ and relating to his relationship with ‘Warhol’, with rising queries about his estate's collaboration with ‘Swatch’, ‘Cotton on’ and the ‘Jean Michel Basquiat exhibit Los Angeles’.

Andy Warhol in 2023

In 2023, Andy Warhol saw; his estate in a Supreme Court copyright case, the Basquiat X Warhol exhibition in Paris, and many record-breaking print sales throughout the year.

When looking at search data, the top queries showing the most interest are in ‘Andy Warhol art’ and around one of his most popular series ‘Marilyn Andy Warhol’ - a series whose legacy only grows stronger.

Image © Reina Sofía Museum / Guernica © Pablo Picasso 1937Image © Reina Sofía Museum / Guernica © Pablo Picasso 1937

Pablo Picasso in 2023

In 2023, Pablo Piccaso saw; the 50th anniversary of his death, his most expensive work sold at auction from the Emily Fisher Landau sale at Sotheby’s, and the 30-year photography ban on Guernica being lifted.

When looking at search data, the top queries were in relation to ‘Picasso art’ and the ‘Guernica’. With queries rising in interest based on auction surrounding the artist, as suggested by the German query of ‘Pablo Picasso versteigerung’.

Keith Haring in 2023

In 2023, Keith Haring saw his digital drawings on auction as NFTs and many fashion and retail brands featuring his iconic motifs.

When looking at search data, the top queries were Keith Haring ‘art’, ‘shirt’ and ‘H&M’, with rising queries in the likes of ‘Keith Haring art is for everybody’ and ‘broad’ where an exhibition of his major works was on display.

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