Former RapScallions and Screaming At Demons bassist Chris Clemence, who is now a solo artist, has established himself as an international rock star and top songwriter, having his chart topping hits featured everywhere from Mercedes-Benz commercials to pumping up the crowds at the World Cup and Super Bowl. Most recently Clemence released his break out single “Let’s Go” that is an anthem for the New York Giants, Rangers, Knicks, and Jets. Now, he is following another great musical tradition in pursuing his passion as an artist. Bob Dylan, Ron Wood, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, John Mellencamp, Marilyn Manson, Kiss’ Paul Stanley and Ani DiFranco are just some of the musicians who have also found success in the visual arts.

For Clemence, the rise to gallery shows has been gradual, but one that has taken a heightened prominence in the last year. On June 2nd 2017, he will be doing a solo show in East Hampton, New York at Loft 35.

There’s no question he has become an in-demand artist. When I sat down for a recent chat, Clemence was joined by his manager, who said, “Many people know Chris as a musician but are now starting to discover him as a visual artist as well. Many of his fans are surprised to see he actually paints and creates these vivid works of art.”

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“Octopus” by Chris Clemence.

Though Clemence began creating art early in life, it has been only recently since he started selling it professionally.

“Although I’ve always enjoyed drawing and doing art since I was a kid, I only started getting into pastels about a year ago. My first pastel piece I ever did was an orange koi fish and I sold it within 2 days after posting it on Facebook. I had just created it for fun but then thought, “this could be a second business,”” Clemence added.

For Clemence, who turned 31 this past March, coming into his own as an artist at this stage of life has several advantages. “I feel more confident selling my art at this point in my life rather than if I had tried to do it previously. I’m lucky to have a built in fan base from my music career so there’s been an interest right off the bat rather than having to start from scratch to get the word out.”

Obviously, his other art is music, including currently writing a new album. Clemence recently enlisted DH Peligro of the legendary rock act Dead Kennedys to be featured on his upcoming single “Revolution”.

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DH Peligro of Dead Kennedys and Chris Clemence in Downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Thierry Brouard

“Revolution is a call to action. It’s about what’s going on right now, but it’s also about what has always gone on” Clemence added. “It’s time for everyone to stand up for themselves both individually and as a country. We hold all the power, but for some reason don’t realize it. We can have change, but we have to act on it.”

Both Clemence’s music and art can be found on his website at http://www.chrisclemence.com/ and on his instagram @chrisclemenceofficial

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