A town in Cornwall has been listed as one of the top art-buying towns in the country, according to the results of a new study.

The research, conducted by Artfinder, a UK art marketplace, has revealed that Truro has ranked as one of the art-buying town capitals in the UK, with 774 artworks bought per 100,000 inhabitants.

Also in the top 10 were towns such as Redhill, crowned as the art-buying capital, Motherwell, Kirkcaldy, Kilmarnock, Paisley, Rochester, Romford, Llandudno, and Tunbridge Wells, making them the UK’s most arty towns according to Artfinder's data.

Truro’s art-lovers buy more paintings than any other kind of art, with oil and acrylic paintings making almost a third of all pieces bought.

Landscapes, sea and sky (38% of all purchases) is the preferred artwork subject, with abstract and non-figurative coming second (15% of all purchases).

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When it comes to style, the people of Truro’s top purchases are on both impressionistic (25% of all purchases) and expressive and gestural art (14% of all purchases).

The data also shows that grey is the most popular artwork colour across the UK, including Truro, where it is used on 36% of all pieces purchased.

Michal Szczesny, CEO at Artfinder said: "It’s brilliant to see Truro in the top ten towns list for art-buying capitals 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.

Artfinder sells original art from 6,000 artists in 96 countries, making it one of the world’s largest marketplace for art.

For more information, visit: artfinder.com/blog/post/art-capitals-uk/#/