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H.R. Giger, Legendary Surrealist Artist Behind the Character Design in Alien, is Dead [NSFW]

 

hr-giger-dead-artiholicsNew York – Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Legendary surrealist painter who’s Oscar winning special effects defined the look of Ridley Scott’s Alien, H.R. Giger, died today at the age of 74 in a Zurich hospital in Switzerland, resulting from injuries he sustained in a fall.  If you’ve never had a chance to delve into his amazingly dark techno-organic work outside of the Alien / Poltergeist / Species film franchises or Dark Seed video games, he is one of our 10 Surrealists every art lover should know – and I highly encourage you to do a little googling.

I remember in the 90s the New York club The Limelight, which was a nightclub built inside what was once an old church, commissioned Giger to create a VIP H.R. Giger Room.  I had been to the Limelight a few times during it’s heyday and unfortunately never got access to the room.  The Limelight is now a mall.  According to io9 there are still a few Giger bars in existence.

His sculptures, drawings, and paintings are all insane marvels of technological futuristic wizardry, combined with living matter, muscles, tendons, vaginas, cocks, bones, exoskeletons.  If you aren’t into aliens fucking but you do want to add H.R. Giger to your art book library you may prefer his hyper-future architectural vision of New York he created in a book chock full of insanely intricate cityscapes, 1982’s  H.R. Giger N.Y. City (long out of print, good luck finding it).  For anyone else who isn’t intimidated by a little hi-tech eroticism, here is a full list of his books of his collected works.

Enjoy this small gallery sampling some of his insane future landscapes, brooding creatures, and erotic inter-species sexual depredation (some images are not safe for work):

Giger’s Alien, 1979  via vikisecrets

HR Giger at Work, 1978  – Photo credit: Mia Bonzanigo via vikisecrets

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 6.50.13 AM“Erotomechanics VIII” 1979 via Whatculture

Lilith, 1977 via vikisecrets

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Birth Machine Babies

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via Steve Gray

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Written by Cojo “Art Juggernaut”

[source: swissinfo.ch]

About Cojo Art Juggernaut

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Artiholics, Art Sucks, and the soon to be launched podcast Artist In Repose, Cojo "Art Juggernaut" (Colin C. Jorgensen) is a NYC based artist, art writer, and occasional photographer.

2 comments

  1. Dif. One of the bee surrealists of all time

  2. 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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