Talented Stephen Wiltshire completes a sketch of the New York skyline – working entirely from memory.The 35-year-old Brit, who is autistic, absorbed the spectacular view during a 20-minute helicopter flight over the city. Then he sat down to reproduce the famous panorama in this astonishing 18ft by 3ft artwork at Brooklyn’s prestigious Pratt Institute.
London-born Stephen has already stunned art-lovers by using his photographic memory for sketches of Tokyo, Rome and Hong Kong. Diagnosed with autism at an early age, he began using pictures to communicate. He has since gained world fame as an artist. Friend Iliana Taliotis said: ‘Cities are his passion. He loves New York, which has many similarities to London. He calls it his spiritual home.’