What I love about Stephen Wiltshire’s website is that you have to look hard to find out that he is autistic. To me, this says that his autism is not what defines him, it is his art.
He was awarded an MBE for services to the art world in 2006. He studied Fine Art and his work is popular all over the world.
London born in 1974, as a child he was mute, and did not relate to other people. Aged 3, he was diagnosed as autistic. He had no language and lived entirely in his own world.
At the age of 5, it became apparent he communicated with the world through the language of drawing; first animals, then London buses, and finally buildings.
His teachers at #queensmillschool
encouraged him to speak by temporarily taking away his art supplies so that he would be forced to ask for them. Stephen responded by making sounds and eventually uttered his first word - "paper." He learned to speak fully at the age of 9. His early illustrations depicted animals and cars; he is still extremely interested in american cars. Aged 7, Stephen became fascinated with sketching landmark London buildings.
This is a story of hope, faith and never giving up. Stephen and undoubtedly the family behind him is an inspiration.
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