Rugeley artist wins competition to paint Black Country comedian Doreen

By David Cosgrove | Theatre & Comedy | Published:

An artist has spoken of his delight after winning a competition to paint Black Country comic Doreen.

Doreen and Dave Brevitt with the winning portrait of herself at Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Dave Brevitt, from Rugeley, came out on top in the contest which saw works displayed at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

He admitted his portrait of the comic wasn't the most colourful – a mix of browns and greys which make up her outfit – but he was pleased to have won.

Dave, 71, paints as a hobby after retiring from his job as a surveyor.

He told the Express & Star: "Obviously I'd always rather win than lose!

"She is a very dowdy woman and there's not much colour to work with.

"She was sat in a big brown chair with a brown anorak on – there were lots of browns and greys so it wasn't that much of a pleasure to paint.

"But then when I saw her out of character I didn't recognise her."

The judging panel included Antiques Roadshow expert Will Farmer, Tess Radcliffe from Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Doreen Tipton herself and writer and competition organiser David Tristram.


The competition was organised while Doreen was among the star’s starring in the Grand Theatre’s 2017/18 pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk.

It has since been announced she will appear in this year’s pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, as the Nurse.

Her original million hit YouTube viral success has now blossomed into a series of theatre tours, a full-length feature film featuring Robert Plant and Steve Bull, an autobiography, BBC radio show and online comedy sketch channel called Doreen TV.

David Cosgrove

By David Cosgrove
Chief Reporter - @davidcosgrove_


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