The Phillips Collection, in partnership with the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Washington, DC, welcomes artist Stephen Wiltshire as he draws a detailed cityscape of the city of Doha, Qatar, entirely from photographic memory at The Phillips Collection from Tuesday, November 6, through Sunday, November 11. The piece will be finalized at a gala hosted by the Embassy in support of the Autism Society of America on Tuesday, November 13.
Following a trip to Doha that includes a 30-minute helicopter ride for an aerial view of the city, Wiltshire will travel to Washington, DC, where he will set up his studio in a gallery of The Phillips Collection to draw the city from memory. Visitors will be able to view Wiltshire in real time as he sketches a detailed to-scale cityscape of Doha, Qatar. The piece will be completed on November 13 at a gala hosted by the Embassy of the State of Qatar, where it will remain on view.
Wiltshire (b. 1974) is a renowned artist who draws and paints detailed cityscapes from memory. He creates accurate representations of cities completely to scale after viewing them for a brief time. At the age of three, Wiltshire was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and began to fill his time with drawing architecture. He was awarded as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the art world in 2006 and recently opened the Stephen Wiltshire Gallery in London.
November 6-9: 10 am-1:30 pm, 2:30-5 pm
ARTWORK VIEWING HOURS
November 10-11: museum open hours
Visitors are welcome to take photos of Wiltshire working but please stay behind the stanchions and do not disturb the artist.