Dane Tilghman Solo Exhibition

African American Life in the Delaware Region During the19th and 20th Centuries

Showing February 13th - March 27th 

    We are elated to welcome back Dane Tilghman for a solo exhibition in celebration of Black History Month. Tilghman is known for his paintings of historical African American culture in explosive color and an impressionistic style. The display of 57 paintings highlights the black community in and around Delaware during the 19th and 20th centuries with images of working-class farmers and watermen, domestic life, and the music scene that have helped form the region in which we live today.

 

    Dane Tilghman hails from West Chester, PA and took an interest in art-making at a very young age. He remembers watching his older brother draw and wanting to follow along. Dane honed his abilities throughout grade school and high school by taking specialty art courses. His parents were tremendously supportive of his creative endeavors…as long as a career in the arts would pay the bills one day. After graduating from Kutztown University, where he studied graphic arts, Dane rigorously pursued his true passion for painting. The distinct style that Tilghman has come to be known for can be recognized through his use of abstraction, dramatic impasto, flamboyant colors, and manipulated proportions. He works primarily in acrylics that allow him to pile layer upon layer of paint, creating mounds of texture and dimension. 

 

    Though Tilghman grew up in Pennsylvania, his ancestors are from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. As an African American man, he has combined his personal background, artistic talent, and interest in history, to share stories about the contribution that people of color have made in developing the Delmarva area. He states, “The working people were the backbone of this community. Black people played just as big a role as anybody else in the life blood of Lewes, Delaware.” Many paintings in the exhibition portray working-class farmers, field workers, and menhaden and oyster fishermen. Some are inspired by archival photographs of the Lewes fishing industry found at the Lewes Historical Society. Others depict domestic life through every-day chores, family togetherness, religious practices and front-porch-banjo-picking. Dane typically references historic photos for subject matter. He often struggles to find specific materials because black history was so poorly documented during times when extremely limited resources were made available to African American people.

    Another section of this show is dedicated to the local Blues and Jazz scene. Big-time musicians would perform at a local venue called the Happy Day Club. During segregation, the club was a safe and affordable space where black people could enjoy live music by well-known performers who were traveling between major cities. This exhibition features many portraits of these famous faces.

 

    Dane Tilghman’s most prominent theme is community. This collection shows how communal living has been imperative for African American people. Dane aims to remind his viewers about the importance of a caring society for people of all color and creed, not only in history, but in the present and future.

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Oyster Fishermen” 48” x 15” gallery wrapped acrylic $5,500 sold

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Dusty Roads” 40” x 60” gallery wrapped acrylic $25,000

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Guitar Lesson” 41” x 31” gallery wrapped acrylic $7,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Wash Day” 48” x 62” gallery wrapped acrylic $$27,000

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Heaving To” 23” x 15” image 27” x 20” framed acrylic $2,500 sold

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Take Me to the River” 31” x 41” gallery wrapped acrylic $8,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Dinner with Dad” 36” x 28” gallery wrapped acrylic $5,100

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Two in the Field” 16” x 20” gallery wrapped acrylic $2,100

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Blue Boy” 16” x 20” gallery wrapped acrylic $2,100

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Menhaden Men” 15” x 48” gallery wrapped acrylic $5,500 sold

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Oyster Man” 20” x 16” gallery wrapped acrylic $2,450 sold

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Man and Buggy” 24” x 18” 29” x 23” framed acrylic $3,300

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Mama Loves You” 35” x 30” image 44” x 39” framed acrylic $8,500 sold

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Yes, I Have Seen Things” 20” x 16” gallery wrapped acrylic $2,550

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Old Man Looking” 20” x 16” gallery wrapped acrylic $2,450

Artist Dane Tilghman

“At Rest” 16” x 20” gallery wrapped acrylic $2,400 sold

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Cotton Field Blues” 35” x 31” gallery wrapped acrylic $6,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Late for Dinner” 36” x 24” gallery wrapped acrylic $5,200 sold

Artist Dane Tilghman

“A Song for Dad” 30” x 22” image 36” x 29” framed acrylic $4,800

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Grandmother on the Porch” 20” x 16” gallery wrapped acrylic $2,450

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Town Watch” 50” x 60.5” gallery wrapped acrylic $27,000

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Two Boys Walking” 24” x 20” image 34.5” x 30.5” framed acrylic $4,300 sold

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Two Farmers on Saturday Morning #3” 18” x 22” gallery wrapped acrylic $3,300

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Saturday Morning #2” 16” x 20” gallery wrapped acrylic $2,450

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Saturday Afternoon” 18.5” x 24” gallery wrapped acrylic $3,100

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Man on the Step” 20” x 16” gallery wrapped acrylic $2,400 sold

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Neighbors” 14” x 10” image 24” x 20” framed acrylic $2,200

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Learning to Read” 14” x 11” image 24” x 20” framed acrylic $2,400 sold

Artist Dane Tilghm

“Ladies with Hats” 35” x 30” image 44” x 39” framed acrylic $1,500 sold

Artist Dane Tilghman

“The Lord” 41” x 31” gallery wrapped acrylic $7,800

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Men of Much Distinction” 20.5” x 20.5” gallery wrapped acrylic $2,900

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Madona” 20” x 15” image 25” x 19” framed watercolor $3,100

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Church Lady” 23.5” x 29.5” image 38” x 32” framed acrylic $4,200

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Women on the Wall” 14.5” x 41” gallery wrapped acrylic $3,800 sold

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Street Talk” 10” x 25” image 25” x 39” framed silkscreen print $2,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Four in the Field” 19.5” x 41” image 28” x 53” framed acrylic $8,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Shelling Peas” 36” x 12” gallery wrapped acrylic $3,100

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Man About Town” 48.5” x 24.5” gallery wrapped acrylic $8,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Gone Fishing” 36.5” x 13” gallery wrapped acrylic $3,900 sold

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Spanish Trees” 30.5” x 40.5” gallery wrapped acrylic $7,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Shipwreck” 18.5” x 49.5” gallery wrapped acrylic $6,800

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Boat Alone” 30.5” x 40.5” gallery wrapped acrylic $7,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Another Dizzy Day” 30.5” x 41.4” gallery wrapped acrylic $7,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Red Hat Blues” 12” x 9” image 15.5” x 12.5” framed acrylic $975

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Piano Bar and Stand Up Bass” 41.5” x 30.5” gallery wrapped acrylic $7,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Meditation of Louis” 40.5” x 26.6” gallery wrapped acrylic $6,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Cab Calloway” 45” x 19.5” gallery wrapped acrylic $6,100

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Blue Duke” 41” x 31” gallery wrapped acrylic $7,500

Artist Dane Tilghman

“A Different Kind of Charlie” 60” x 24” gallery wrapped acrylic $9,800 sold

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Stand Up Blues” 12” x 9” image 15.5” x 12.5” framed acrylic $975

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Stand Up Bass” 12” x 9” image 15.5” x 12.5” framed acrylic $975

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Sonny Terry” 12” x 9” image 15.5” x 12.5” framed acrylic $975

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Sonny Boy” 12” x 9” image 15.5” x 12.5” framed acrylic $975

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Jimmy” 12” x 9” image 15.5” x 12.5” framed acrylic $975

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Charlie Patton” 12” x 9” image 15.5” x 12.5” framed acrylic $975

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Little Walter” 12” x 9” image 15.5” x 12.5” framed acrylic $975

Artist Dane Tilghman

“Blind Willie” 12” x 9” image 15.5” x 12.5” framed acrylic $975 sold