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 –
Yet, there was one thing he did unceasingly
and with focused concentration –
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.
(image form film-english.com):
(images from stephenwiltshire.co.uk):
Globe of New York
Street scene of 34th Street, NYC
oil on canvas
Aerial view of the Houses of Parliament
Vatican City, Rome
electric city, Tokyo
Monte Carlo in the evening
Aerial view of Melbourne
New Orleans, USA
Kuala Lumpur skyline
Paris at night
Pont Alexandre III, Paris
Times Square street scene, New York
Aerial view of Hong Kong
Whitehall in summer, London
London taxi cabs
oil on canvass
Rio de Janeiro
Burj Khalifa (Dubai)
Chicago street scene, USA
Wailing Wall, Jerusalem
Rockefeller Centre at Christmas
Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills – USA
Big Ben on a rainy evening
St. Patrick Cathedral, NYC
Find out more about the artist and his work:
Meet the artist
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