Solo Exhibition by Dane Tilghman

African American life inspired by historical scenes

February 12th - March 27th

Works are available for purchase as soon as they are posted here

    We are thrilled to welcome back acclaimed artist, Dane Tilghman, for another solo exhibition. Dane is a premier painter of African American culture, whose work is in numerous universities and major sports arenas, in addition to being collected by celebrities like Nelson Mandela. 

 

    For the third year in a row, Dane brings his larger-than-life artwork to our walls, giving the people of Lewes the opportunity to bask in the grandeur of his impressionist-style paintings. 

 

    The ethos of Dane’s work is to bring awareness and attention to the lost history of African American communities throughout the US. Dane embraces an extravagant style and color palette to make Black life and culture from the early 20th Century the centerpiece of artistic admiration. He isn’t confined by artistic rules or forms, opting to combine qualities of cubism, impressionism, and realism with palette knife work and various mediums to create textural pieces that come to life on the canvases. 

 

    His powerful, yet poignant, works remind viewers of the importance of a caring society for people of all color and creed, not only in history but in the present and the future.

 

    Dane Tilghman grew up in West Chester, PA and has been a professional artist for nearly 40 years. His family was originally from Tilghman Island in the Chesapeake Bay before migrating to Dover and finally settling in Pennsylvania.

 

    He is inspired by historic black and white images, transforming a once static and unidimensional photograph into a vibrant and profound painting. For this show, Dane and Tony Boyd-Heron, Peninsula Gallery’s exhibition curator and co-owner, visited the Delaware Archives to find photographs depicting Black life from the early 1900s. Tony said of the experience, “we were disappointed by the little material showing the candid life and spirit of the African American communities in the archive.”     

 

    Dane says, “Black people played just as much a role in the life-blood of Delaware as anywhere else. The working-class individuals depicted in my work, whether they be working on the sea or on a farm, were family-oriented; they had a purpose and were here to make a mark — even if that was just to make sure there was food on their table. But I believe everybody has a purpose. These individuals probably didn’t think they would be immortalized on canvas, but they lived and served history just like anyone else.”

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Basket Makers” 30.5” x 41" image 31.25” x 41.5” framed acrylic $11,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Come Sunday” 24" x 30.5” image gallery wrapped acrylic $5,200

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Damn Tired” 36" x 36" image 36.5” x 36.5” framed acrylic $13,000

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Oyster Man #16” 40" x 19" image gallery wrapped acrylic $11,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Men Gathering” 30" x 24" image gallery wrapped acrylic $5,100

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Flag Day” 27” x 26.5” image gallery wrapped acrylic $5,500 sold

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Cotton Field” 22.5” x 14.5” image 26” x 18” framed acrylic $2,700

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Cotton Man” 40" x 30" image gallery wrapped acrylic $12,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Grandma’s Hands” 36" x 27.5” image gallery wrapped acrylic $7,300

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Four Friends” 19.5” x 14" image 25.5” x 19” framed watercolor $2,800

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Getting Some Sun” 24.5” x 30" image 25” x 30.5” framed acrylic $5,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Four in the Field” 36" x 36" image gallery wrapped acrylic $12,000

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Heading Out to Work” 11" x 15" image 16” x 20” framed acrylic $1,800

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Lady in Red” 29.5” x 22" image 39” x 31.5” framed acrylic $8,100

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Lady in the Field” 40" x 30” image gallery wrapped acrylic $12,700

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Lady in Yellow” 19" x 15" image 24” x 20” framed acrylic $2,800 sold

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Alone in Brooklyn” 40" x 24" image 49” x 32.5” framed acrylic $13,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Along the River #3” 30" x 40" image 30.5” x 40.5” framed acrylic $11,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Liberian Girls” 40" x 30” image gallery wrapped acrylic $12,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Laundry Day” 30" x 24” image gallery wrapped acrylic $4,800

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Man of the House” 39" x 30” image gallery wrapped acrylic $13,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Making Soap” 34" x 19" image gallery wrapped acrylic $5,300

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Morning Meditation” 30" x 22" image 39” x 31” framed acrylic $8,100

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Moving Day” 47" x 29.5” image 55” x 37.5” framed acrylic $15,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Young Girl and White Bowl” 25" x 19" image 31” x 25” framed acrylic $5,300

Artist Dane Tilghman

“White Boat” 30" x 30" image 30.5” x 30.5” framed acrylic $6,400 sold

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Water Break” 24" x 36" image gallery wrapped acrylic $6,200

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Two Men” 30" x 40” image gallery wrapped acrylic $12,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Three Men” 35.5” x 35.5” image 44.5” x 44.5” framed acrylic $14,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Two in the Field” 12" x 36" image gallery wrapped acrylic $5,200

Artist Dane Tilghman

“The Tired Gardener” 36.5” x 30" image 45” x 39” framed acrylic $15,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“The Bayou” 40" x 35" image 47” x 42.5” framed acrylic $16,000

Artist Dane Tilghman

“The Ferry Across the River” 16" x 16" image gallery wrapped acrylic $2,800

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Stepping Out” 18" x 12" image 28” x 22” framed watercolor $3,400 sold

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Shucking Corn” 30" x 41" image gallery wrapped acrylic $11,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Sister Sunday” 58" x 32" image gallery wrapped acrylic $16,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Proud Mary” 29" x 22" image 39” x 31.5” framed acrylic $8,100

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Oyster Man #15” 41" x 31.5” image gallery wrapped acrylic $12,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“One Boat” 31.5” x 40.5” image 32” x 41” framed acrylic $13,700

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Old Man, Old Hat” 19.5” x 15" image 25.5” x 21” framed acrylic $2,800

Artist Dane Tilghman

“America the Beautiful” 48" x 24" image gallery wrapped acrylic $13,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“My Bride and I” 16" x 20" image 20” x 24” framed acrylic $2,800

Viewable upon request

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Madona” 20” x 14" image 25.5” x 19” framed watercolor $3,200

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Shipwrecked” 18" x 48" image 18.5” x 48.5” framed acrylic $6,800

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Small Baptism” 24" x 12" image gallery wrapped acrylic $2,200

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Fishing” 14.5” x 21.5” image 26” x 34” framed watercolor $4,900

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Irrigation #1” 22.5” x 30" image 32” x 39” framed watercolor $8,100

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Irrigation #2” 30" x 22" image 40” x 32” framed watercolor $8,100

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Two for Church” 26" x 17" image 33” x 24.5” framed acrylic $3,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“The Reader” 13.5” x 20" image 32” x 40” framed acrylic $5,200

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Old Man Fishing” 11" x 14.5” image 20” x 24” framed acrylic $1,800