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Dane Tilghman Original Painting, Church Picnic, in Sylvester Stallone’s New Movie, Creed

Church Picnic by Dane Tilghman, Premier Painter of the African American Experience
Church Picnic by Dane Tilghman, Premier Painter of the African American Experience
African American Artist, Dane Tilghman, has one of his original paintings, Church Picnic, chosen for the set design of the new movie starring Sylvester Stallone and produced by MGM studios. “Creed” continues the “Rocky” saga and centers on 20 year old Adonis “Donnie” Johnson, grandson of Apollo Creed. 2015-12-16 07:07:11
Philadelphia artist, Dane Tilghman, is one of the premier painters of the African American Experience. Tilghman is also known as a leading painter of Blues and Jazz Music Greats, African American Golf Art, and Historical Negro League Baseball Legends. “Church Picnic,” an original painting by Dane Tilghman is now being used in the set design of the new movie starring Sylvester Stallone, “Creed.”

Creed continues the “Rocky” saga and centers on 20 year old Adonis “Donnie” Johnson, grandson of Apollo Creed, who was one of Rocky’s fiercest adversary. Adonis wants to be a boxing champion like his grandfather, but is having a difficulty finding a trainer in Los Angeles. Adonis heads to Philadelphia to see if Rocky will train him. Rocky has retired from fighting and now owns a restaurant, so at first he is not interested in helping Adonis, but after seeing him spar with a Golden Gloves Champion, Rocky changes his mind and turns Adonis into a contender for a champion’s title. Along the way, Adonis falls in love with a talented, but struggling singer named Bianca, and helps Rocky battle cancer.

Since 1979, Dane has exhibited his artwork throughout the North/South-East at festivals, galleries, trade shows, and conventions. Dane has received numerous awards, including the Medal of Honor in Graphics from the American Artists Professional League. In 1999, a Dane Tilghman baseball image was incorporated into the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown. Additionally, Dane has created a baseball mural for Turner Stadium in Atlanta and he has displayed his Negro League Baseball Prints at Veteran's Stadium in Philadelphia. Venues where Dane's art has appeared have not been limited to galleries and sports related events; his artwork has also appeared in Sports Illustrated, on ESPN's website, various scholastic books published by McGraw-Hill, and the Western Journal of Black Studies vol. 16. Dane's work has been seen on popular TV shows, such as "The Cosby Show" and "Roseanne," and articles have appeared on Dane in US Art, Upscale and Black Parenting magazine. In 1989 and 1995, Dane's art was included in an exhibition at the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum in Philadelphia. In addition, Dane has exhibited his artwork in solo shows at various universities...including Widener University, West Chester University, The University of Pennsylvania, and the Butler Institute of Fine Art in Youngstown, Ohio. Dane's work has even been presented to various notable individuals, including Dave Winfield, Ozzie Davis, Nelson Mandela, and Bill Cosby. Dane's art is in great demand and is available on various art products: church bulletins, ceramic mugs, church fans, golf apparel, and greeting cards. Dane's philosophy is best described as bringing out the best of the African American Experience.

For more information and to see paintings of the African American Experience by Dane Tilghman, go to

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