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New York - Acclaimed Autistic British Artist Sketch New York City Skyline From Memory

Published on: October 17, 2017 03:00 PM
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Autistic British artist Stephen Wiltshire works on his panoramic drawing of the New York skyline, after seeing the city from a helicopter, at the Empire State Building in New York City, NY, U.S. October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidAutistic British artist Stephen Wiltshire works on his panoramic drawing of the New York skyline, after seeing the city from a helicopter, at the Empire State Building in New York City, NY, U.S. October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York - Internationally acclaimed artist Stephen Wiltshire has created a one-of-a-kind artwork of the New York City Skyline.

Following a 45-minute helicopter ride around Manhattan, Wiltshire draw a cityscape in a residence on the 80th floor of the Empire State Building. He began working on the drawing on October 11, and worked almost non-stop for five days until Sunday.

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Wiltshire famously creates his artwork from memory.

“Stephen Wiltshire has a truly special gift, an enormous talent. To have the chance to have Stephen in residence at the Empire State Building is truly an honor, and for him to allow our guests to watch him work is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. “Stephen has a special affection for the Empire State Building.”

Since age 3, Wiltshire has communicated with the world through the language of drawing. He was an award-winning artist in children’s art competitions, and he received his first commission from the British Prime Minister at age 8. In 2006, he was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the art world, and later that year founded his gallery at the Royal Opera Arcade in London.

Wiltshire’s unique talent and fondness for cityscapes have taken him around the world to Tokyo, Madrid, Dubai, Jerusalem, Singapore, Sydney, Shanghai, Istanbul, Mexico City and Rome, among many other locations. New York City remains a favorite metropolis, second only to his home in London.

“After many, many years of traveling and sketching cities across the globe, I always come back to Manhattan as a place for inspiration,” said Stephen Wiltshire. “The Empire State Building has long been my favorite building in the world, and while I had the opportunity to sketch it in 2015, this is a unique commission which had me really excited.”

Autistic British artist Stephen Wiltshire works on his panoramic drawing of the New York skyline with his sister Annette Wiltshire, after seeing the city from a helicopter, at the Empire State Building in New York City, NY, U.S. October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Autistic British artist Stephen Wiltshire works on his panoramic drawing of the New York skyline with his sister Annette Wiltshire, after seeing the city from a helicopter, at the Empire State Building in New York City, NY, U.S. October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Autistic British artist Stephen Wiltshire works on his panoramic drawing of the New York skyline, after seeing the city from a helicopter, at the Empire State Building in New York City, NY, U.S. October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Autistic British artist Stephen Wiltshire works on his panoramic drawing of the New York skyline, after seeing the city from a helicopter, at the Empire State Building in New York City, NY, U.S. October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Autistic British artist Stephen Wiltshire works on his panoramic drawing of the New York skyline, after seeing the city from a helicopter, at the Empire State Building in New York City, NY, U.S. October 12, 2017. Picture taken October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid -Autistic British artist Stephen Wiltshire works on his panoramic drawing of the New York skyline, after seeing the city from a helicopter, at the Empire State Building in New York City, NY, U.S. October 12, 2017. Picture taken October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid -


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 Oct 17, 2017 at 03:09 PM Neuroequality Says:

By Goo Gone Original Liquid, this has to stop. The headline should mention his name, not his autism.

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 Oct 17, 2017 at 04:16 PM BeReal Says:

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Neuroequality Says:

By Goo Gone Original Liquid, this has to stop. The headline should mention his name, not his autism.

People don't literally swear by Goo Gone Original Liquid.

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 Oct 17, 2017 at 05:03 PM Straitalk Says:

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Neuroequality Says:

By Goo Gone Original Liquid, this has to stop. The headline should mention his name, not his autism.

Methinks the headline was correct. Its purpose was to highlight this savant and his uncanny ability to paint complicated sceneries from memory despite his autism; or, as some suggest, this is unique to autistic people that their brain is diverted to one talent to an extreme while severely limiting the rest of their cognitive functions.

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 Oct 17, 2017 at 06:35 PM Anonymous Says:

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Straitalk Says:

Methinks the headline was correct. Its purpose was to highlight this savant and his uncanny ability to paint complicated sceneries from memory despite his autism; or, as some suggest, this is unique to autistic people that their brain is diverted to one talent to an extreme while severely limiting the rest of their cognitive functions.

It's not right to treat autistic people differently.

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 12:39 AM woodman516 Says:

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 09:25 AM Normal Says:

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woodman516 Says:

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 12:13 PM Neuroequality Says:

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woodman516 Says:

Autism can be healed thru son rise program just google it

It is not a disease to be healed. We may be different from other people, but we have our own skills and most of us don't want to be "healed".

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