Friday, March 19, 2010

Artist - H.R. Giger

H.R. Giger (Hans Rudolf Giger) is about as freaky as they come. He's a Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor and set designer. He's probably best know as the designer of Alien creature for Ridley Scott's Alien that was released in 1979 and through the film won international recognition.

Giger started with small ink drawings and later moved to oil paintings. During most of his career Giger has worked in airbrush. His work is a fusion of human bodies and machines termed "biomechanical" set in dark monochromatic dreamscapes. His paintings often display fetishistic sexual imagery. He released a compendium of images in his 1977 book titled Necronomicon which included around 200 of paintings, sketches and photographs, as well as autobiographical passages and the artist's personal reflections on his work. This book became so successful after the release of Alien that a subsequent collection of his images followed as H. R. Giger’s Necronomicon II, printed in 1985.

Giger is perhaps the best-known sufferer of 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 1970) and made his first paintings as a means of art therapy.

Here's a few of his pieces:

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