Warren Madill

“What is Art ? And do I give a Damn?” – a startling title to a fascinating talk by a master (but legal) ”forger” 

Warren Madill is so talented that museums and art galleries employed him to paint perfect copies of important paintings – often for owners who find insurance fees too exorbitant. He modestly showed examples of his work at the end of his talk with some of his commercial pieces. He created the Toucan-Guinness adverts and had some very amusing incidents to share.

His main talk, however skimmed through the changes in the concepts and styles of artist expression through the ages from cave paintings to current thinking, illustrated by beautiful images on the scene. He defined “Art” as a set of skills which produce a work capable of provoking an emotional response in the spectator but to do this the artist has to use accepted conventions such as language to convey this concept. He reminded us that many of the paintings and statues represented an idealized version of the original starting point – just as we might decide to leave out cars or some eyesore in the scene we choose to paint.

It was a thoroughly interesting talk leaving much food for thought.

His talk followed our AGM – concluded in a record breaking 20 minutes before members enjoyed a cup of tea and some seasonal mince pies.

All members would like to thank The Committee for their hard work over the year and especially Sheila Stratton, stepping down as Secretary, for all her time and dedication over many years. She will be replaced by Sue Hodgetts and members are urged to visit our excellent website, which she has developed.


Lyme Regis Art Society meets on alternate Tuesdays in The Woodmead Halls from 2pm to 4pm.until the end of March. Our next demonstration after our Christmas break, will be on January 7th 2020, when Greg Wellman talks about “Secret places in Lyme-painting those places which other people miss.” Visitors and new members are always welcome. For further details, please contact us by email: info@lymeregisartssociety.org.uk