30 April 2010 Story and Photos: MiSociety
Stephen Wiltshire takes a shine to NSW Premier Kristina Keneally
Stephen Wiltshire is the extraordinary artist who draws and paints cityscapes from memory and his appearance at Sydney’s Customs House drew a huge crowd of media and public along with the NSW Premier Kristina Keneally.
Stephen first came to world attention when he was featured on the BBC QED program ’The Foolish Wise Ones’ in 1987. Stephen has since become one of the globes most talked about and published artists for his ability to almost be a human camera.
After gazing at Sydney for just 20 minutes from Sydney Tower Stephen went away to produce the drawing pictured below. When asked “would you be able to reproduce this work again in say, a month?” Stephen replied “It’s hard to say”. This work along with many others are on display at Customs House until 16th May.
Prints of Stephen’s works may be purchased from as little as about $80 with a third of them already sold. An offer of 250 thousand pounds for Stephens drawing of Dubai was refused recently so these prints will find buyers very quickly indeed. The proceeds from the sale of prints of Stephens works in Australia will go to Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), a not for profit organisation committed to helping people on the autism spectrum achieve their potential.
Don’t walk, run to Customs House to view and/or buy Stephen Wiltshire’s work and while you are there take a peek at Gary Heery’s ‘ Endangered’ photographic exhibition. www.customshouse.com.au
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