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A Tribute to Hans Ruedi Giger

Tue May 20, 2014, 6:29 PM
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He was an artist you might not know.


But you’ve met his children…












It’s rare that a “new” iconic monster is born and becomes forever identifiable,—— no matter the variations, by generation after generation. So it was when George Romero created the ultimate “zombie” in his Night of the Living Dead in 1968. Zombie Apocalypse fans today may have never heard of George or seen the original “Night,” but the zombies they so love in fare like The Walking Dead owe their existence to Romero’s original vision.










In 1979, screenwriter Dan O’Bannon crafted a horror script by starting with neither a story idea nor a hero protagonist to follow.


He built his script around the monster itself, knowing only that he wanted the frights to come from more-and-more revealing glimpses of one of artist H.R. Giger’s mad creations. That monster, the alien in Alien (1979), has now become what everyone knows a space alien to be. Most movie aliens since Alien have been modified versions of Giger’s creation. Giger is the father of today’s aliens, as Romero is the father of today’s zombies.














Alien, Front Viewby H.R. Giger








Alien Statueby H.R. Giger








Alien, Side Viewby H.R. Giger






Giger, who died May 12, was a nocturnal hermit painter, sculptor and set designer whose strength was translating nightmare visions into his bizarre works of art, many of which exuded a perverse sexuality. He is usually classified as a “surrealist,” but he called his art “biomechanics,” with its subjects often appearing to be hybrid living organic creatures having bodies melded with mechanical parts.










Brain Salad Surgeryby H.R. Giger




The 1970s generation will never get his album cover for Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Brain Salad Surgery out of their heads. Punk rock’s Dead Kennedys’ album Frankenchrist featured Giger’s painting, Penis Landscape, resulting in an obscenity trial for lead songer Jello Biafra. Giger’s first published book of artworks was 1977’s Necronomicon, named in homage to horror writer H.P. Lovecraft.


Giger was a touchstone artist for those in the 70s & 80s who sought to shake up the establishment with a walk on the wild side. Today he is thought of by many artists as being one of the exemplars of letting the mind go free—to explore either the light or the darkness—and be fearless in sharing what was found there in one’s art. His art might be considered “safe” today, but he was a real inspiration to many of today’s artists.








Necronomiconby H.R. Giger












Father of Aliens. He was an artist you might not know. But you’ve met his children… Giger, who died May 12, was a nocturnal hermit painter, sculptor and set designer whose strength was translating nightmare visions into his bizarre works of art, many of which exuded a perverse sexuality. He is usually classified as a “surrealist,” but he called his art “biomechanics,” with its subjects often appearing to be hybrid living organic creatures having bodies melded with mechanical parts.

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:icontheancynt:
TheAncynt Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
!!!
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:iconrheic-ocean:
Rheic-ocean Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Jesus, the deaths of two masters in such a short time. First Robin Williams, who was, for me, the Lord of Laughs and genuine comedy, and then Giger. The very first artist I ever knew by name, whose concept book I studied relentlessly at the age of ten, the master of beautiful, thought-provoking nightmares is gone. I can't quite believe it. :(

RIP to them both, two sides of the artistic coin that I, and thousands of other people, will cherish forever.
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markusultimatum Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Nous lui devons tellement!
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andysanctuary Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
rip master :'(
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:icontheancynt:
TheAncynt Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
RIP ... The master of all your nightmares.. sweet dreams!
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014   Photographer
My humble tribute to the MASTER
Giger Birth Machine Wallpaper by Miguel-Santos RIP, you obscure genious
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BioEngineer2 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Rest in peace
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Isadroth7 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Ah I can't believe he's gone...
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Dreadalous Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My number one favourite artist. A true world loss yet he gave us so much. R.I.P. Hans
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Check these concept design pieces by Giger from Alien, 12 is a chicken... ;-)

www.buzzfeed.com/danieldalton/…
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silentwit Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
My friend and I are HUGE fans of his work, and we were blown away by his death.  No one will ever be able to equal his genius when it comes to this particular niche.
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T8KN4GRANTED Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
He was a "THE" Master of Supernatural - Organic Imagery, second to none.  (RIP)  Spectacular tribute!   
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Drachensheriff Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
<font><font>genal</font></font>
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gbollard Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Very good but he did do a lot of other work besides Alien.  There's some mild homage to that here but mostly, it's all Alien.
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violetta1208 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Awesome work, thank you!!!! He will be missed.
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zap2028 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
<font><font>Giger impressionnant d'abord par sa technique et "casser" les messages de ce refus opposé ou acceptation qui montre le talent de cet artiste était</font></font>
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zap2028 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
<font><font>traduction française impossible...!</font></font>
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:iconzap2028:
zap2028 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
<font><font>Giger impressionait D'ABORD par sa technique hyper Réaliste et juin imagination "foudroyante", il m'attirait technique par de sa ET me repoussait sessions by thèmes, Ce Qui Prouve l'ampleur de fils talent.</font></font>
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FrauTodeswunsch Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Awesome works!!!
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cpnscarlet Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
As a Christian who appreciates art of all forms and from all types of artisits, Giger's Alien became a symbol and a foundational example for me. In many Bible studies, I have commented that "If evolution was a fact, the universe would not be full of humans, it would be full of Giger's Aliens." I am not the ultimate judge of a man's worth or soul, but I pray for peace and rest for this tortured man. His art was a blessing to many, albeit a twisted one.
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raymondpicasso Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Artist
this art is so awesome ill give is a crack and see what i can do to put my stamp on it to 
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maitebrown Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
I am not an artist but a fan of both Deviant Art as well as Giger. His work will live on and morph in the minds of young artists throughout the world. I'm sure Giger was happy with what he offered the world and what the world took from his imagination and made famous. RIP....ground control out!
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Prince-Dragonix Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
We shall miss you, Giger. Thank you for giving us the splendor that is Xenomorphs... :)
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dalekdude666 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
I've had HR Giger art on my walls since '73 and always found something new on each viewing.
A Master, An Inspiration, a Unique view on Life.
Gone but not Forgotten!
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tipsycrafting Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
RIP Giger...My first piece of art, after an absence of creating anything, was inspired by your talent!
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Crystal3Hedgehog Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
R.I.P HR Giger, He was truely a brilliant artist.
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rebel53 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Nice tribute, but there is so much more to Giger than just Alien. Check out the Taschen 25th Anniversary edition: HR Giger. It surveys his life and work. Strange, haunting, chilling and yet enticingly beautiful in its brillance. Giger was truly a one-of-a-kind innovator. The HR Giger Museum in Gruyeres, Switzerland is a MUST for all who love his works.
BP in SD
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iguazocosmico Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
great work...a genius men...
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nanonavarrete Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
EXELENTE 
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marphilandco Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks great
and more at avaxnews.net/ohlala/Surreal_Ar…
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marphilandco Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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:iconalendia:
Alendia Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Giger, along with Harryhausen and Henson are the creators of many of our worst nightmares, may they all rest in the peace and quite of one crazy-ass Netherworld!
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PaganJack Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Giger was genius before alien.
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retireddocjdh Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I first saw his work in one of the first issues of "Omni" magazine and saw the beauty in his art.  A true artist and a genius, we shall miss him.
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TeodoraC Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I met him once in person..
RIP.
Very nice tribute.
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JohnyTed Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
<font><font>Eu não acreditoooooooooooooo</font></font>
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CapitalT Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Nice one
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bsp-53 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Well done, the man will be missed.
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seb-n Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
...epic...
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Vurken Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Excellent tribute, love it.
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isisian Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
he made the thing that hides under your bed come out to play a dark place where dreams are made then gave them skin and bone made real and some are still hiding  fear the light still there ...i always loved his work he gave us images we dare not think about
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artofphotograhy Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
He was a real genius and formed and initiated a complete new genre. We will miss him.
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supak0ma Featured By Owner May 30, 2014   Digital Artist
what? dead? i don't believe it! He's my idol.
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marcoscapella Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Um genio que definiu a evolução antes de acontecer... vejam o livro e os primeiros rabiscos na criação do Alien.
A genious that defined evolution before it happens... see the book and teh first sketches fo Alien´s creation.
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FFeLKat Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
<3 & RIP Hans Ruedi Giger.

He definitely shaped my view and my work; I only notice it more strongly now that he is gone. I am sad that I will never meet him.
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AngeliqueF Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Good Page ! Worth to know...
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ptmaster2 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Filmographer
May he rest in peace.
and i hope it's a fake news.
he was kidnaped by aliens.
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bbrtki Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
The aliens are obviously well familiar to all - but looking at some of his work, it involves a lot of penis and vulva...
Looking deeper into it - that's kind of the inspiration for the whole alien it seems.
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Gundam1701 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student Artist
I had a nightmare-ish dream that involved Giger's work. I was on an alien planet, primordial era with rivers of lava...and there were these trees that looked dead...but I saw a helpless victim being eaten alive by a tree, which were designed by Giger. Hard to imagine that I'd dream of a Giger-isqe place with "biomech" trees...and after hearing about his death, it's now hard to imagine a world without him.

Because of H.R. Giger, we were given these biomech monsters that haunts your soul since 1979 and beyond. Without him, there'd be no movies we'd enjoy seeing: The Alien Saga, AVP and Prometheus, and no games to enjoy playing like: AVP (Game...and I got to play as a Xeno), Aliens: Colonial Marines (I don't care if the ratings are bad, I love killing Xenos!), Extermination, Armageddon, and Alien: Isolation (coming soon to a game console near you)

To H.R. Giger, creator of the Xenomorphs who are mourning for their loss...rest in peace.
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burtie Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
A brilliant tribute to a brilliant man! I was so sad to hear the news, he has always been a huge inspiration. May he R.I.P.
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