Artist Draws Panoramas of Entire Cities From Memory


Autistic artist Stephen Wiltshire on his third day of drawing the New York skyline from memory

Known for his ability to draw from memory, Stephen Wiltshire is a British autistic architectural artist, whose work has already gained worldwide acclaim.

It was in 2006 when he became a member of the Order of the British Empire for services to art. In that same year, he also opened a gallery in London at the Royal Opera Arcade. Recently, he has completed a beautiful 18 feet drawing of the world’s most popular skyline after he spent 20 minutes in a helicopter, looking at the panorama of the Big Apple. The landmarks included in his landscape are the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building.

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When making an artwork, Stephen listens intently to his iPod, because for him, it is music that moves and inspired him. He only uses graphic pens and high-grade paper to bring to life a memory.

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new york panarama

At the age of 3, Stephen was diagnosed with autism. And since then, he has drawn a number of panoramas from his memory, including Frankfurt, Dubai, Madrid, Jerusalem, London, Tokyo, and Rome. Currently, he is working on the cityscape of New York City at the Pratt Institute.

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