R.I.P HR Giger, Surrealist Artist And Inventor Of The Xenomorph

Briefly: Celebrated contemporary Swiss artist HR Giger, best known for his work on Ridley Scott's Alien, has died. His surrealist art captured the imaginations of many, and inspired the word "gigeresque" to describe his inimitable scenes of nightmarish biomechanical hell.

Any neophyte film student or sci-fi fan has seen Ridley Scott's Alien; the design of the xenomorph the film is named for was HR Giger's most famous creation. It was inspired by his work on Necronomicon, the 1977 compendium of biomechanical art itself inspired by the work of horror fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft.

If you're interested in appreciating some of Giger's thought-provoking and terrifying artworks, you can find them on the official HR Giger website. He worked extensively to bring the utterly inhuman world of Alien to life in Ridley Scott's film — a behind the scenes album of that production is here.

Giger passed away after suffering injuries from a fall; he was 74. [The Guardian]

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    Notable for his amazing artwork. Less so for his 90's inspired website.

    Last edited 14/05/14 10:44 am

      It's not 90's inspired, it was authentic 1990's. I remember visiting it in 96/97, and it never changed.

    Fusing the erotic, gothic and surreal Giger was an art movement unto himself. He inspired me from an early age with his fantastic dreamscapes and esoteric imagery. I was compelled to illustrate a tribute to him this week drawing imagery from his own works including Alien and the Birthing Machine at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2014/05/in-memoriam-hr-giger.html . Drop by and share how his artwork opened your own mind!

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