Tuesday, November 17, 2009


A few weeks ago I read this article about this amazing man:

Stephen Wiltshire was diagnosed as autistic at aged three, did not speak until five but as an adult sells his art for thousands of British pounds.
Wiltshire was recently in New York for the last of nine massive panoramic drawings of major cities around the world. He has drawn each from his unique memory that stores the complete view of a city after taking a helicopter ride that lasts minutes.
"I see the buildings and the skyline and see it from a bird's eye view," said Wiltshire, 35, of his New York helicopter ride which included views of the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Citicorp building, Rockefeller Center and Central Park.
"The whole of Manhattan," he added.
The 20-foot (six meter) New York panorama follows those done in Tokyo, Rome, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Madrid, Dubai, Jerusalem and London.
Wiltshire said he loves New York and it shows in the shy smile and the way he recounts what attracts him to the city.
"I'm interested to see the skyscrapers and street scenes, the New York taxi cabs, limousines and big American cars," Wiltshire said.

(photo via stephen wiltshire)


Jacqueline said...

I know all about Stephen Wiltshire as I'm from the U.K. and I remember him drawing like this as a very young boy and couldn't believe my eyes. He was often featured on T.V. and, if I remember rightly, he draws so fast, as well, Cathi. Really nice to be reminded of this gifted young man. XXXX

Simone said...

He truly is amazing, what a gift. My brother has a copy of his NYC picture, the detail is breathtaking.

Lovely post Cathi, have a good day :)

vicki archer said...

Totally incredible work, xv.

Lori said...

Can you say WOW!! He is amazing ~ thank you for putting him under my radar ~ now I need to see more. Happy Wednesday!

Gail said...

WOW! Unbelievable!

mimi charmante said...

oh la la! fabulous~

Maya said...

Wow. He draws these from memory! Stunning.

Christina said...

Isn't he just an amazing and gifted man?!
I love this!

Tracy said...

Wow, that really is incedible!


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