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Stephen Wiltshire (Architectural Artist)

Stephen Wiltshire Demographics:
  • Name - Stephen Wiltshire MBE
  • Born - April 24, 1974
  • Birthplace - London, UK
  • Nationality - British
  • Occupation - Architectural artist
  • Heritage - West Indian
Stephen Wiltshire Important Facts:
  • Diagnosed with autism.
  • Father died of motorcycle accident when Stephen was 3 years old.
  • He is known for his ability to draw a landscape after seeing it just once.
Stephen Wiltshire Education:
  • Wiltshire was mute as a toddler, and at the age of three years was diagnosed as autistic.
  • From age of five years, Stephen was sent to Queensmill School in London.
  • He began to communicate through his drawings.
  • By the age of 8 years he was drawing imaginary post-earthquake cityscapes and cars.
  • Stephen slowly began to speak at the age of nine years.
  • At the age of 10 years Wiltshire drew a sequence of London landmarks, one for each letter of the alphabet - Stephen called the sequence "London Alphabet".
  • Between 1995-1998 Wiltshire attended the City and Guilds of London Art School in Lambeth.
Stephen Wiltshire's Public Life & His Art:
  • Stephen took part in a BBC programme - The Foolish Wise Ones (1987).
  • A collection of his works, named Drawings, was published also in 1987.
  • Wiltshire can, even after a single glance, draw accurate and detailed pictures.
  • He is also able to produce imaginery scenes.
  • Stephen's work has been the subject of many TV documentaries.
  • Oliver Sacks wrote about him (chapter "Prodigies") in his book "An Anthropologist on Mars".
Stephen Wiltshire Last 5 Years:
  • May 2005 Stephen produced a large panoramic memory drawing of Tokyo on a 10-meter long canvas, taking 7 days to complete.
  • Subsequently he has drawn Rome, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Madrid, Dubai, Jerusalem and London on giant canvasses.
  • Stephen was awarded an M.B.E. in 2006 for services to art.
  • Stephen now has a permanent gallery in the Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, London.
Stephen Wiltshire Publications:
  • Drawings (1987)
  • Cities (1989)
  • Floating Cities (1991)
  • Stephen Wiltshire's American Dream (1993).

The video below shows Stephen drawing the huge Tokyo panorama (May 2005):




Stephen drawing Rome from memory:



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