Stephen Wiltshire

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Stephen Wiltshire

Wiltshire can look at a subject once and then draw an accurate and detailed picture of it. He frequently draws entire cities from memory, based on double, brief helicopter rides.

Wiltshire was born in London, England, in 1974 to West Indian parents, His father, Colvin was a native of Barbados, and his mother, Geneva, is a native of St. Lucia. Wiltshire was mute when young. At the age of three, he was diagnosed as autistic. At the age of five, Stephen was sent to Queensmill School in London where he expressed interest in drawing. The instructors at Queensmill School encouraged him to speak by temporarily taking away his art supplies so that he would be forced to ask for them. Stephen responded by making sounds and eventually uttered his first word—"paper." He learned to speak fully at the age of nine. His early illustrations depicted animals and cars; he is still extremely interested in American cars and is said to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of them. When he was about seven, Stephen became fascinated with sketching landmark London buildings. After being shown a book of photos depicting the devastation wrought by earthquakes, he began to create detailed architectural drawings of imaginary cityscapes. He began to communicate through his art. His teachers encouraged his drawing, and with their aid Wiltshire learned to speak at the age of five.When he was ten, Wiltshire drew a sequence of drawings of London landmarks, one for each letter, that he called a "London Alphabet".

Accomplishments

In July 2009 he acted as ambassador of the Children's Art Day in the United Kingdom.In 2011, Stephen Wiltshire was made an honorary Fellow of the Society of Architectural Illustration (SAI). In January 2015 Stephen Wiltshire was also made an honorary Fellow of The Scottish Association of Architectural Artists.

Wiltshire's work has been the subject of many TV documentaries. In 2006, Wiltshire was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to art. In September 2006 Stephen opened his permanent gallery in the Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, London.On 15 February 2008, ABC News named him Person of the Week. In his first intimate interview with The Independent in 2009 he revealed his dreams, aspirations, idols and biggest regrets.

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Stephen Wiltshire MBE, Hon.FSAI, Hon.FSSAA is a British architectural artist. He is known for his ability to draw from memory a landscape after seeing it just once. His work has gained worldwide popularity.

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