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Stephen Wiltshire

is an artist of exceptional talent.

His comprehensively detailed

panoramic drawings of many

 of the world’s most famous cities

are near carbon-copy perfect.

(image from dailymail.co.uk):

Stephen Wiltshire, the artist at work

The astonishing aspect is that

Mr. Wiltshire completes his work

wholly from memory.

His life story is as remarkable

as his artistic gifts.

He was born in London, 1974.

By the age of three, he was diagnosed

with a severe autism.

He would not speak his first words

until the age of five.

He lived in his own silent bubble –

uncommunicative, unresponsive.

Yet, there was one thing he did unceasingly

and with focused concentration –

he drew-

with pen in hand and paper

always at the ready.

This was his form of

communication and creativity.

From a young age

he rendered images of

his native London

and favourite vehicles –

all with with striking precision.

In an attempt to encourage speech

his teachers withheld his drawing tools,

and promoted him to request their return.

Gradually, he did

 asking for his pens and paper –

first words uttered.

Mr. Wiltshire would eventually progress

to successfully defy the odds:

graduating in 1998 from the prestigious

City and Guild London Art School;

and receiving an MBE

(Member of the British Empire) in 2006

for his contribution to British arts.

He has traveled the globe,

visiting cities, mentally recording features

of their urban landscape

and recognisable landmarks.

Committing all to memory,

producing astonishingly vibrant images.

His is a beautiful mind.

Stephen Wiltshire

Cityscapes

(image form film-english.com):

Sydney Harbour

(images from stephenwiltshire.co.uk):

 Globe of New York

Street scene of 34th street New York - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

Street scene of 34th Street, NYC

Manhattan Skyline from top of Empire State - oil on canvas - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

Manhattan skyline

oil on canvas

Aerial view of H. of P. and Westm. Abbey - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

Aerial view of the Houses of Parliament

Vatican City (Rome) - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

Vatican City, Rome

Electric City, Tokyo - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

electric city, Tokyo

Monte Carlo in the evening - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

Monte Carlo in the evening

Aerial view of Melbourne - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

Aerial view of Melbourne

New Orleans USA - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

New Orleans, USA

Kuala Lumpur skyline - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

Kuala Lumpur skyline

Paris at night - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

Paris at night

Pont Alexandre III, Paris - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

Pont Alexandre III, Paris

Times Square street scene - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

Times Square street scene, New York

Aerial view of Hong Kong - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

Aerial view of Hong Kong

Saint Tropez - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

Saint Tropez

Whitehall in summer - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

Whitehall in summer, London

London Taxi Cabs - oil on canvas - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

London taxi cabs

oil on canvass

Rio de Janeiro - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

Rio de Janeiro

Burj Khalifa (Dubai) - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

Burj Khalifa (Dubai)

London Metropolis - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

London metropolis

Venice, Italy - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

Venice, Italy

Chicago street scene - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

Chicago street scene, USA

Wailing Wall Jerusalem - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

Wailing Wall, Jerusalem

Rockefeller Center at Christmas - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

Rockefeller Centre at Christmas

Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills – USA

Big Ben on a rainy evening - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

Big Ben on a rainy evening

St Patricks Church New York - drawings and paintings by Stephen Wiltshire MBE

St. Patrick Cathedral, NYC

Find out more about the artist and his work:

Meet the artist

Stephen Wiltshire

at his gallery – Royal Opera Arcade, London

on Friday, 22 November 2013

from 3pm to 6pm

Watch the artist at work

Stephen Wiltshire:  The Human Camera