Stephen Wiltshire's City Panorama Drawings
Stephen took on his largest project to date in 2005, when he returned to Tokyo
to create a
panoramic drawing - the largest of his career - of the city. Two months later he drew a similarly
detailed picture of Rome
, including the Vatican and St. Peter's Cathedral, entirely from memory.
In December, after a 20-minute helicopter ride, Stephen spent a week creating a 10-meter-long
drawing of Hong Kong's
Victoria Harbour and the surrounding urban scene. (He dedicated the work
as a Christmas present to the city's residents.) Later on he added Frankfurt, Madrid
to his collection.
The following drawing in the series was of his
spiritual home, New York
where he embarked a
five day marathon drawing on a 6 metres canvas
live on television.
Further trips followed to Syndey
, Houston, TX
, Mexico City
and Doha, Qatar
In July 2014, Stephen was commissioned by Singapore to create a panoramic drawing of the city, which became part of the National Collection of Singapore
to celebrate the nation's
50th birthday. 150,000 visitors attend his exhibition in just 5 days, setting an attendance record in the history of the country.
In 2019, the newly redesigned 80th floor observatory of the Empire State Building
, New York officially reopened bearing Stephen's design based on his panorama drawing of the city he created in 2017 in the very same building as a part of his live drawing show. The $165 million redevelopment also includes a new 10,000 square feet museum space where visitors can purchase reproductions of our artist's work.