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Dane Tilghman


"Using paint and pencil I create full color narratives calibrating the common moments of humanity chronicled thru nostalgic black and white photography"


My art is a calibration 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 connected to them. They lived their lives as we live now and they have been where we are yet to go.


Bill Withers said "the wisdom of the future is the past. Down city streets and wise old southern drawers. The things that say the most say things that last"


Dane has taken his artwork towards 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 of 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.


His 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.


Recently, he was one of 20 artists selected to paint a six-foot statue of the Phillie Phanatic. His "Music Phanatic" will be at the Kimmel Performing Arts throughout the 2010 baseball season.

Collectors of Dane's artwork include notables such as Dave Winfield, Nelson Mandela, Bill Cosby, the estate of Ossie Davis, Nabisco Corporation, Prudential, MBNA and Astra-Zeneca.


In 2004 his alma mater, Kutztown University, commissioned him for a commemorative poster for the 50th Anniversary of Brown versus the Board of Education.


Dane's creative philosophy is to bring to the audience his interpretative views of life on canvas. This is reflected in his diverse presentations as he shares his artistic gift with his audience. His unique style clearly defines his mastery of the craft.


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