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Music icon David Bowie named the most influential British artist of the last 50 years

MUSIC icon David Bowie has been named the most influential British artist of the past 50 years.

A panel of judges hailed her unparalleled ability to “transcend a variety of mediums”.

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Music icon David Bowie has been named the most influential British artist of the past 50 yearsCredit: Getty – Contributor

Bowie, who died in 2016 aged 69, sold more than 140 million records and starred in dozens of films and plays.

His films include the 1983 film Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence and Jareth the Goblin King in the 1986 film Labyrinth.

Apart from the movies, he also performed on stage as Joseph Merrick in the Broadway production of The Elephant Man in the early 1980s – and he was a famous entertainer too.

Director Sir Steve McQueen was ranked second with Doctor Who and It’s A Sin writer Russell T Davies third.

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Fashion’s Dame Vivienne Westwood and rapper Stormzy were also in Sky Arts’ top 50.

The top 50 also included Ricky Gervais at number 19, Steve Coogan at number 33, Banksy at number 34, Elton John at number 35 and The Spice Girls at number 47.

Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts, said: “The Top 10 list is filled with incredible homegrown talent that spans all areas of the creative arts.

“The influence these artists have had on their own industries, but also on a wider culture is amazing, and it’s great to see them get this recognition.”

David Bowie made from over 8,000 guitar picks by artist Joe Black

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David Bowie made from over 8,000 guitar picks by artist Joe BlackCredit: Scott Garfitt/PinPep
The portrait was made from over 8,000 guitar picks and commissioned by Sky Arts

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The portrait was made from over 8,000 guitar picks and commissioned by Sky Arts