Stephen Wiltshire regards America as his spiritual home and the Europe Grand Tour which culminated in the publication of his third book, Floating Cities, was viewed by him as his overture to the real symphony: 'America, My Favourite'. On a brief previous trip to America, Stephen had fallen in love with the place and its people. It required three wonderful trips across the Atlantic to achieve the breathtaking pictures contained in this book. His American Dream has finally come true.
Stephen Wiltshire and Margaret Hewson first visited Chicago, birthplace of the Skyscraper, and then went on to Washington. 'If Chicago is the jazz age to Stephen, then Washington is plainsong.' writes Margaret Hewson, whose vibrant text accompanies the drawings. Then came the frenetic cities of San Francisco, where he drew a stunning aerial view of the city; Los Angeles, where Stephen was able to act out his own celluliod fantasies; and an inspirational visit to the Grand Canyon by helicopter. The journey ended in New York, which contains everything Stephen adores about America - more skyscrapers, yellow cabs, yowling police-sirens, hamburgers and pretty girls. And, everywhere, classic American cars.
The drawings in this book are bewitching, the cartoons of friends he made are charmingly idiosyncratic, and a greater use of colour than in his previous books adds even more vibrancy. Stephen Wiltshire's American Dream graphically demonstrates a stunning tribute to an incredible and awe-inspiring gift.