British artist Stephen Wiltshire is famed for his ability to draw lifelike, accurate representations of cities from memory. Even more astoundingly, he can easily render scenes he saw years ago with the same accuracy. Recognised as a prodigious savant, Stephen has not let autism and developmental challenges stand in the way of his passion for art.
An artist in his own right, Stephen’s drawings are no mere technical replicas but works of art imbued with his individual creativity, wonderfully capturing the sensibility of a building, its character and voice. When he was just eight, he was commissioned by former British Prime Minister Edward Heath to draw Salisbury Cathedral. Following his appearance on the BBC programme ‘The Foolish Wise Ones’, Stephen’s fame grew. He published a book, the first of many, at the age of 12. Over the years, he has been invited to tour the world and draw many famous cities.
In 2006, Stephen was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his services to the art world. Today Stephen continues to be recognised as a leading architectural artist, and his work is held in a number of important collections all over the world.
For his exhibition at K+, Stephen has specially drawn a series of local landmarks in his instantly recognisable, inimitable style — an up-close, intimate portrait of Singapore architecture. Come celebrate the art and artistry of this amazing talent at K+, Scotts Square #03-11.