Those who are not conversant in works of art are often surprised at the high value set by connoisseurs on drawings which appear careless, and in every respect unfinished; but they are truly valuable... they give the idea of a whole.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds
We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.
- Anais Nin


Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Steven Wiltshire

Posted by Charley Parker at 7:18 am

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Steven Wiltshire was diagnosed as autistic at age 3, and at age 8 started to display an unusual talent for drawing. At 13 he was featured on a BBC program about autistic savants. In the years since then his work has been displayed in galleries and reproduced in several best-selling collections.

The galleries here consist mainly of architectural and landscape drawings. Images are a bit small but large enough to get a feeling for the work.

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  1. Comment by unn johannesen
    Thursday, October 13, 2005 @ 3:14 am

    I watched a fantastic program on telly yesterday about your life and your amazing talent!
    I`m deeply impressed of both you and your drawings.
    keep up the good work!
    love from unn in Norway

  2. Comment by becky
    Tuesday, November 15, 2005 @ 12:51 pm

    hello im only 13 and im doing about your art work at school in art. i am at the moment looking for som pictures of your work to makeinto a poster for my homework that i need to hand in tomorow.
    i am inspired by you and your drawings and myself would like to become a artist one day.

    lots of love becky

  3. Comment by Charley Parker
    Tuesday, February 7, 2006 @ 1:30 pm

    You may want to send your comments to Stephen directly through the contact form on his website.

  4. Comment by becky
    Tuesday, March 28, 2006 @ 9:28 pm

    i am doing about you in my art classes and so far i think you are a very talented artist to be able to look at the world in so much detail and draw things off memory. We got told to draw our front doors and well some people couldn’t evan remember what that looked like so you are very talented and very visual at art/drawing.

  5. Comment by Charley Parker
    Tuesday, March 28, 2006 @ 10:37 pm


    A message left here will not necessarily be seen by Stephen. To leave a message for Stephen directly, go to his web site and leave a message in his Contact Form.


  6. Comment by Adam Feinstein
    Wednesday, November 8, 2006 @ 9:23 am

    Stephen Wiltshire is online right now to answer your questions for free at This Awares online autism conference closes on Friday November 10, 2006, so please make use of this invaluable opportunity to put your questions to the world’s most famous autistic savant artist.

    Best wishes,

    Adam Feinstein

  7. Comment by mark de novellis
    Monday, December 18, 2006 @ 5:51 am

    Stephen Wiltshire: Recent Works

    20 January – 11 March 2007
    Riverside Gallery, Richmond

    Following on from his phenomenally successful retrospective Not A Camera at Orleans House Gallery in 2003, one of the world’s most famous artistic autistic savants returns to Richmond to display recent works.

    The retrospective in 2003, presented drawings, paintings and prints spanning over two decades, many of which had never been shown to the public before and included recent commission of local views, including the distinct Octagon Room at Orleans House Gallery.

    The exhibition, which was opened by actress Jane Asher, Patron of the National Autistic Society, attracted international media and press coverage and 32,000 visitors in its ten week run. Many visitors had taken to their hearts the young teenager who had appeared in the 1987 BBC documentary The Foolish Wise Ones, but few knew what had happened to him since and how he had grown and flourished as an artist. Not A Camera helped to break down misconceptions about autism and Stephen as a passive ‘recorder’ of the world around him and also showcased emerging new talent including Zoe Kakolyris who has subsequently had solo exhibitions in London.

    After Not A Camera, Stephen continued creating and has travelled widely – including trips to Europe and Japan last year. He was honoured by the Queen last year and received an MBE for his services to the arts. In the autumn of 2006, Stephen opened his very own successful gallery in the heart of London and visits there twice a week to meet the public.

    The new exhibition at the Riverside Gallery in central Richmond carries on where the previous exhibition left off and shows urban landscapes created over the last two years. The showpiece of the exhibition is a reproduction of a panorama of the Tokyo skyline – the original is over ten feet long – and also a panorama of Rome. These new works, on a far grander scale, are bold, confident and show Stephen’s virtuosity and fluid control to the greatest extent.

    An exhibition not to be missed!
    Original works will be available for sale alongside prints and postcards.

    Riverside Gallery, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond
    Opening hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday: 10.00-6.00; Tuesday: 10.00-5.00pm; Wednesday 10.00-8.00pm and Saturday: 10.00-5.00pm
    Admission is Free
    tel: 020 8831 6000
    websites: &
    email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

  8. Comment by Autism News
    Monday, May 7, 2007 @ 11:50 am

    Autism: Stephen Wiltshire Print of Westminster for Lee Scott MP

    A magnificent Print of the Palace of Westminster drawn by Stephen Wiltshire was presented to British Parliamentarian Lee Scott (Ilford North) by Ivan Corea of the Autism Awareness Campaign UK.

    Lee Scott MP has spoken out on autism helping to push the issue straight up the political agenda in the United Kingdom. He launched a landmark debate on autism in Westminster Hall on 7th March followed by a question on autism to the Prime Minister in Prime Minister’s Questions on 21st March. Subsequently Lee Scott and Ivan Corea met with Prime Minister Tony Blair presenting him with The Autism Report calling for a national strategy on autism and a 10 year plan of action in order to help parents, carers and the 587,900 people with autism in the UK.

    According to researchers 1 in 100 children in the UK may have autism spectrum disorder.

    Speaking in London, Ivan Corea of the Autism Awareness Campaign UK said:’Stephen Wiltshire is a wonderful role model to all young people. Here is a young man, diagnosed with autism, who has overcome barriers to become a leading architectural artist in the world. Stephen Wiltshire has made a difference. I urge the Government to use Stephen Wiltshire as a classic example of success, in education campaigns aimed at young people.’

    For information on the Stephen Wiltshire London Gallery in Pall Mall:

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