Every autistic is an artist!

You’ve probably watched Taare Zaamen Par, produced and directed by Aamir Khan. It is about a story of Ishaan Awasthi, an eight year old boy whose life  is filled with wonders that no else seems to appreciate until one day a new art teacher played by Aamir Khan himself burst onto the scene, infecting joy and optimism not only to Ishaan but the rest of the students. This is a must-see movie for educators and parents. Heartwarming and deeply inspiring the movie makes it on my top-ten best movies to view [along with Aamir’s 3 Idiots].

There is something so striking about the movie, especially on Ishaan and how his teacher helps him to appreciate his unique world, discover his artistic being   and eventually make him no ordinary child.

Just recently also, while viewing my newsfeed on Facebook, my attention gaze on one artist who painstakingly draw the bird’s eye view of a place I presumed to be the City of New York. I was correct.

The artist was extraordinarily amazing! That was my first impression until I read the caption… I was correct for the second time. You know why? This artist who happens to be Stephen Wiltshire is an autistic just like the boy in the movie  I mentioned earlier.

On the slideshow are samples of his masterpiece:

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Known as the ‘human camera’,  Stephen Wiltshire is an artist who draws and paints detailed cityscapes. He has a particular talent for drawing lifelike, accurate representations of cities, sometimes after having only observed them briefly. He was awarded an MBE for services to the art world in 2006. He studied Fine Art at City & Guilds Art College. His work is popular all over the world, and is held in a number of important collections.

Stephen was born in London to West Indian parents on 24th April, 1974. As a child he was mute, and did not relate to other people. Aged three, he was diagnosed as autistic. He had no language and lived entirely in his own world.

At the age of five, Stephen was sent to Queensmill School in London, where it was noticed that the only pastime he enjoyed was drawing. It soon became apparent he communicated with the world through the language of drawing; first animals, then London buses, and finally buildings. These drawings show a masterful perspective, a whimsical line, and reveal a natural innate artistry.

Get to know more about this amazing artist  on this site.


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