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Spotlight on Independent Canadian Horror Artist, Tony Clemence

Friday, November 10, 2017 | Sunday, Bloody, Funday

Based out of Calgary, Alberta, Tony Clemence is a self-taught artist with has a knack for horror who loves to create epic pieces for his own enjoyment. A great example is his version of the beloved "Tarman" from RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD - Clemence became impatient waiting for a company to release a figure in the dimensions he wanted, so he made this 18" version for himself. "When I make these figures, it's definitely for personal collecting, but only because I can't find a certain one, or a replica to my standards. I'm a detail artist so I'm picky with the accuracy. A lot of people collect the 12 1/6" scale figures, but mine are usually 18 1/4" scale. I find its easier to do detail and to look at."

Tony also hand-paints and makes the wardrobes for his figures, including these ornate 34" collectibles from KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE.
"When I started my Killer Klowns, I just sculpted a head with no intentions of a body. I made their bodies out of large wooden sticks just glued together. They were too fragile, but it gave me measurement perspective for when I sculpted the bodies. I hand-sewed the outfits (which took a lot of time because I've never sewn), plus sizing mistakes kept happening, too, so it really tested my patience. Plus keeping all details as screen-accurate as I could. The original spike Klown took roughly 50 hours to build completely with sculpting his head, hands and shoes, and I even made the puppet gun light up and spin with a mechanism I made into the clay which would be ran by small wires to a button on his leg. After creating the moulds and sewing patterns, I can now recreate one in 6-10 hours. The Klowns were my first and biggest projects so far. They are 34 inches tall."

Tony doesn't limit his artwork to figures; he has also been creating some very body art as a tattoo artist for over seven years.

You can reach Clemence via email or follow him on Instagram: @tonyclemence.

Chris Hammond
As an avid horror fan and collector of horror merchandise for over 3 decades, I've had the chance to meet and write about some of the finest artists from all over the world. I've written for multiple websites on the art and collectible front. I've lived and nurtured the horror bug within me every since I viewed my first VHS rental of John Carpenter's Halloween.