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<<A an Englishman who speaks the Queen's English, I would say that statement is fine. >>
Just goes to show how much UK English and US English have diverged over the years. Around here, you still use the "of" in this phrase in typical speech.
No, jokesters aside, this is not correct. The only correct way to say this is "He is one *of* the greatest artists."
I hang my head in shame, the 'of' was blatantly missing. I promise never to come on this site drunk again, or offer any opinions until this embarrassing little issue has blown over.
Drunken posting is never good. But you've learned your lesson now. Go forth and sin no more!
The problem is we are often given, let's say Japanese English language riddles here. English teachers who only use books (written in the Meiji era, I think) are told by a "conversational" English teacher that the example in the book is wrong, then the Japanese English doubt because they have NO idea what the correct answer should be.