My art is a compilation of lives past for their contribution to the human experience. Although many of the people I paint are not famous or well known, deep in our soul we are connected to them. They lived their lives as we live now and they have been where we are yet to go.
Mama Loves You - Acrylic on canvas, 35” x 45"
Dane has taken his artwork toward new dimensions going from realism to a stylish combination developing his own interpretations of surrealism and primitive elongation. He has established himself as one of the premier painters of African American Art. He has a creative approach to artistic images of the common man, woman, and child. Dane’s images are inspired by African Americans in and out of daily life, popular entertainment, and the world of sports. He has exhibited his works throughout the United States at art festivals, galleries, trade shows, convention centers, and sports arenas where he has received numerous awards.
Dane’s work has been exhibited at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, and also in one-man shows at Howard University, Widener University, West Chester University, University of Pennsylvania, Penn State, and the Butler Institute of Fine Art in Youngstown, Ohio. One of his baseball images has been incorporated into the Baseball Hall of fame Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., and he has created a mural for Turner Stadium in Atlanta.
After 36 years as a full-time artist and thousands of paintings, Dane Tilghman is still engaged in the process of painting. He has been recognized on the national stage as a force to be reckoned with in portraying blues artists.