The incredible Stephen Wiltshire as cover interview for le cool magazine ahead of his in-store signing at The Stephen Wiltshire Gallery.
We imagine that pretty much all of our readers are aware of Stephen Wiltshire
– his incredible renditions of super detailed cityscapes, done just
from memory, have been subject of countless TV programmes and magazine
articles. He has his own gallery on Royal Opera Arcade and, to celebrate
its 10th anniversary, he’ll be there from 4pm – 6pm 14th May doing an
in store signing. Josh Jones caught up with him for a quick chat.
Hey Stephen, how’s it going? Congratulations on your gallery’s 10 year anniversary!
Thank you very much. I am very proud of my gallery.
What music do you listen to when you’re working? Is it the same every time or do you like new music?
I like 60′s, 70′s motown, disco, r’n’b and also the latest charts. I
have a lot of songs on my iPhone and always download some more. Music
helps me to focus on my work.
When you start a huge piece like the Singapore one, do you
see where everything will go on the canvas before you start or does your
pen take on a life of its own?
First I go on a helicopter ride over the city, take in the view and then
I might do a small sketch in my hotel room to work out the layout. With
the Singapore Panorama I only used pen on paper and put as much details
in my drawing as possible. Sometimes I work on different parts of my
drawing and it all comes together in the end.
What’s your favourite piece that you’ve ever done?
New York street scenes, traffic chaos and the square avenues with
skyscrapers. My favourite city is New York – London is my hometown.
Some people might not know that you’ve also drawn portraits of people – who has been the most interesting person to sit for you?
I draw people in my private sketchbook, celebrities and friends. I
liked Cameron Diaz. Very pretty, very nice and looks very sexy (I also
Have film makers ever asked you to design futuristic
cityscapes for science fiction films? Because they really should if they
haven’t. Is CGI something you’re interested in at all?
I have designed futuristic buildings before and also my imaginary city
too with hundreds of buildings and parks, but not for films just yet.
Where can we see more of your work?
My own gallery is at 5 Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 4UY.