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24 May 2010  |  Fine Art - Other   |  Article

A Star is Born

An extremely rare opportunity to acquire an exceptional work by the artist Stephen Wiltshire has arisen at Christie’s. Wiltshire has amazed the world with his incredible gift of drawing and painting amazingly detailed cityscapes from memory. Times Square at night is the third oil painting Wiltshire ever painted and depicts his two main loves: buildings and cars. It is an exquisite example of Wiltshire’s talent and one of his most iconic creations to date.

He is one of less than a hundred recognised Savants in the world - displaying extraordinary talent that emerges from autism. Wiltshire was diagnosed with autism at the age of three and was only able to communicate through his drawings, until he learned to speak when he was nine. His teachers at Queensmill School in London encouraged his speech by temporarily removing his pens and paper so that he had to ask for them back.

His drawings show a masterful perspective, a whimsical line and reveal a natural innate artistry. Sir Hugh Casson, former president of the Royal Academy, described Wiltshire as “the best child artist in Britain” when his work was featured in the 1987 BBC QED programme, ‘The Foolish Wise Ones.’

With an eidetic memory he is able to draw lifelike representations of cities and landmarks after observing them only briefly. After just a 15 minute helicopter ride over the 7 square miles of London he spent 5 days recreating the entire city from memory on a four meter long canvas. 

In 2006, he was recognised with an MBE for services to the art world and now has his own gallery in London. He is renowned world wide for his detailed cityscapes and his work is held in a number of important collections.

Angus Granlund
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Sale 5743
Christie's Interiors
22 Jun 2010
London, South Kensington

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21st Century

Lot 430, Sale 5743
Times Square at Night

Stephen draws the Tokyo Skyline, 2005