STEPHEN WILTSHIRE THE AUTISTIC ARTISTIC GENIUS – Stephen Wiltshire was born April 24, 1974; a mute who was diagnosed with autism at just 3 years of age.
As with many people diagnosed with autism, Stephen has a unique gift and in Stephen’s case he is able to study a landscape for just a few minutes and then re-create the entire scene on canvas in the most intricate detail from memory.
In 2006 Stephen was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to art and had gone on display his work around the world.
During 2006 Stephen also opened a permanent gallery on the Royal Opera Arcade in London where his fine art can be viewed today.
Certainly Stephen’s childhood wasn’t easy after losing his father in a motorbike accident when he was only 3 years old.
At the age of just 5 years old Stephen attended the Queensmill School in London and shortly after, teacher’s noted his deep interest in art; this pursuit was encouraged which ultimately allowed Stephen to communicate his thoughts and feelings through his drawings.
With a profound love of what he was able to create on canvas, this finally allowed him to develop vocally and therefore learned to speak.
At the grand old age of just 10 years old Stephen took to drawing a number of London landmarks which became a series of what Stephen called a “London Alphabet”.
In 1987 Stephen was featured on the BBC programme ‘The Foolish Wise Ones Drawings’ and later that year he became a published artist that accelerated his fame worldwide.
Continuing with his studies at the City and Guilds of London Art School and graduating in 1998, Stephen was able to develop and hone his skills even further; what Stephen produces today is nothing short of incredible.
How talented is Stephen? Consider this… Stephen mainly draws entire city landscapes from memory. As an example Stephen once took a brief helicopter ride over four square miles of London.
On returning to his studio he then set about re-creating the entire scene from memory down to the smallest of detail.
In another exercise, Stephen drew an impressive 19 foot long picture of 305 square miles of New York City; again this was based on a single helicopter ride lasting just 20 minutes and he re-created everything from memory; not a single building or boat along the coastline was omitted.
To date, Stephen’s largest work of art is that of Tokyo which measures a staggering 32.8 feet in length which was produced in just 7 days after taking a single helicopter ride over the city.
I am sure you will agree that Stephen Wiltshire and his art is simply incredible and once again allows us an insight as to what the human brain is capable of in terms of storing detailed information.