Etchings from the Mind
For more than 30 years, the name Stephen Wiltshire has been synonymous with finely-detailed, vigorous drawings of the world’s great cities. This young artist produces energetic street scenes and panoramas that are immediately recognizable to his fans. Wiltshire’s drawings – often drawn from memory and at great speed – are sketched at street level, drawn tops of skyscrapers, or sometimes made after whistle-stop helicopter rides over cities. His amazing talent is even more incredible considering that he was diagnosed with autism when he was three years old. Wiltshire, who was born in London in 1974, was completely mute as a small child and found it hard to relate to other people.
Today Wiltshire is well-known the world over and his work is increasingly in demand. His talent has been recognized with an MBE for services to art and he regularly travels all over the world on private and public commissions, the most famous of which are his 15 city panoramas drawn from memory. He was also made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to the art world. At one of his recent exhibitions in Singapore, he set attendance records by welcoming 150,000 visitors in his venue in just 5 days.