Picture perfect - all from memory

New York - all from memory - The Artist's Press Archive
Page 46 of 136

This amazingly detailed panoramic view of the world's most famous city skyline certainly encapsulates the essence of a photographic memory.

It was created by British artist Stephen Wiltshire, who relies on only his memory to draw spell-binding pictures. He is sketching the 5m (18ft) by 1m (3ft) snapshot of New York at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute after a 20-minute helicopter flight over the metropolis.

The Londoner, who was invited by US TV network CBS to display his talents via webcam, has also produced sketches of Tokyo, Rome and Hong Kong. Iliana Taliotis, who works with him, said: ‘Stephen works methodically in short sharp bursts.’ ‘Cities are his passion but he feels New York is his spiritual home.’

Diagnosed with autism at an early age, his talent emerged as a way of expressing himself. Stephen always listens to music on his iPod while he works, enjoying everything from blues and soul to funk – and even New Kids On The Block.


Stephen Wiltshire Exhibitions
Stephen's shows attract large number of visitors worldwide. Will your city be the next in his diary?

Press office

Stephen Wiltshire's press office
Download Stephen's biography, key dates and press brief. Find answers to your interview questions.

Image library

Stephen Wiltshire's press office
Photographs of a Genius in action from the late 1970s to today for press use or illustration purposes.

London gallery

Stephen Wiltshire's London Studio
Stephen Wiltshire's private art gallery is located in Notting Hill, London, welcoming his collectors on an appointment basis.

  • Shopping

    You can pay by most major credit and debit cards, PayPal and bank transfer online. We ship worldwide on a daily basis and you can also purchase original drawings for collection from our private London gallery. Stephen also continues to fulfill commissions for his clientele. Shopping

  • Delivery

    We deliver worldwide on a daily basis while your parcel is fully covered by our Lloyds policy throughout its journey. Shipping costs start from £3.99 within UK and £17.99 to anywhere in the world depending on its dimensions and weight. All parcels are packaged professionally. More on shipping

  • Commissions

    Stephen continues to fulfill on commissions for his clientele. Feel free to contact us if you have a particular view or city in mind. Please note, there may be a waiting list. Commissions
  • Press office

    Information for journalists and publishers about Stephen Wiltshire including press releases, key dates, biography, his rider, Q&A and publishing rights. Our archive and image library are also available to you, once you brief us about the context and direction of your publication. Please contact us if you wish to schedule an interview with Stephen. Press Office

  • Returns

    If for any reason you are unhappy with your purchase, let us know within 21 days, and we will offer you a full refund no questions asked. We also offer free replacement in case your parcel is damaged or lost in transit. Shop with confidence

  • Who we are

    Stephen Wiltshire Ltd is registered in England and Wales. Our address is 22 Palace Court, Notting Hill, London, W2 4HU, United Kingdom. Company no.: 12518766. About us