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May 13, 2014
 

R.I.P. H. R. Giger 1940 – 2014

Swiss artist H. R. Giger has passed away at the age of 74; he contributed to the creation of the Xenomorph from the Alien films which has become one of the most iconic images in cinema.

He was named to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2013.

Giger also helped create Sil from Species which was up there with the Xenomorph in terms of creepy images. He got his start with small ink drawings before progressing to oil paintings. For most of his career, Giger worked predominantly in airbrush, creating monochromatic canvasses depicting surreal, nightmarish dreamscapes. However, he had largely abandoned large airbrush works in favor of works with pastels, markers or ink.

His most distinctive stylistic innovation was that of a representation of human bodies and machines in a cold, interconnected relationship, he described as “biomechanical”. His paintings often displayed fetishistic sexual imagery. His main influences were painters Ernst Fuchs and Salvador Dalí.

He met Salvador Dalí, to whom he was introduced by painter Robert Venosa. He was also a personal friend of Timothy Leary. Giger suffers from night terrors and his paintings are all to some extent inspired by his experiences with that particular sleep disorder. He studied interior and industrial design at the School of Commercial Art in Zurich (from 1962 to 1965) and made his first paintings as a means of art therapy.

 

Source: Wikipedia

 



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