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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.

Writers: techgnotic 
Designers: marioluevanos 

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:iconpainkiller4life:
Painkiller4life Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Hands down of any category, my favorite movie of all time [Aliens], me and my pops watched together when i was a boy, and nothing since GIGER and that film have affected me the way that movie does and still does to this day.
 Please allow me to grant my greatest gratitude for this epic tribute, well done sir bravo!
I still cant help but wonder if Giger is in some horrific eternal limbo with all of his creations chasing him around!  Wow chills dude, well I hope he has a pulse rifle and a little somthing for close encounters!
 R.I.P. Hans Giger.....Game Over Man..Game Over.  
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diyartrn Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016
I don't like Alien movie (all of them) too much but I think the design of xenomorphs is really cool.
Nice work.).
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kkii-Liu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  New Deviant
i watched that Alien movie its was lot of blood there many of this movie ._.
its was awesome! 
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krtnik Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRyPqb…
I made copy of ELP cover 2013!
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Tigerman354 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Student Writer
Cool; I'm sure Giger would enjoy the fanbase that had grown from his creation.
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joshuapetersen2 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I did a tribute to his Alien on my deviantart page. I think you will like my interpretation. Feel free to take a look.
You can view them at the three links below:
joshuapetersen2.deviantart.com…
joshuapetersen2.deviantart.com…
joshuapetersen2.deviantart.com…
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VRWS Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Student
What can I say? I fall in love with Xenomorphs. He created ideal organisms. Rest in peace my master, with your beautiful children.
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Usrailfan1 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmmm.............

www.valtra.com/images/New_T_Se…


(farming joke)
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:icon3452te:
3452te Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016
A Legend of his own right. he even created the Engineers before he passed away. we will surely miss him.
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Lunkenheimer1223 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
What a spectacular tribute you have here.
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Little-Bacchus Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016
If the artists like chrislazzer (nice nipples btw) are kind enough to put a 'mature' tag on their work shouldn't the writer of this tribute follow suit?!

Or do the rules not apply to dA staff any more?

Mature Tag Needed <1 closed case :confused: 
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askusthefazbearcrew Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016
ಠ_ಠ
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TheCorruptedOne50 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  New Deviant
I love Giger's work, I have loved ever sense I was little. I have a framed poster of one of his aliens hanging in my room for all to see. Such a shame he is no longer with us~
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slimies Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016
aliens is still on of my most fave sci-fi movies out there
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:iconpaulo-peres:
paulo-peres Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
What I can say? I'm an old fan of his works!

When I was a child I was frighted just to see the Alien movies to be announced on TV, but the years pass and when I was fifteen I already adored the alien monster! 
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Dhampirr Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016
Good job with the tribute and that guy definitely deserves it!
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EligoDesign Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I happened to live in the same town as H.R.Giger and have seen him couple of times in public places way back in 1988/1989. Even thought I don't have the same artstyle, I have loved to watch the Alien movies.
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TreeWyrm Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
May 12 2014. I wonder if he ever got to know of Alien Isolation - the much loved game that returned to the first Alien film for plot and setting and style? I really think it's a great homage to some of his most famous works, but it's sad to think he died before knowing the game was being made. The later PvA films were pretty dreadful. I felt like they trivialised his creations and made them little more than petty monsters - not exactly the stuff of nightmares anymore. But Alien Isolation took how his artwork made people *feel* and put that into an interactive experience more haunting than that first film. I hope he would be proud.

Yes. A very inspirational artist, and I'm glad to read from the official website that it sounds like he found family and friends and love before the end. I cannot otherwise help but agree with the tribute artist you quoted who said: "Such nightmares could only arise from a troubled soul - though it is our joy and trauma to continue to behold them..."

His work will be long-remembered, I think.
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TreeWyrm Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
PS can someone tell a technophobe like me how I can add this to my 'favourites' or something?! I want to be able to re-read it again one day. :D
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fotostomias Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Professional General Artist
The actual sci-fi wouldn´t be same without him, Giger was always an inmense influence in my artistic life. My first realistic sculpture was a xenomorph! I was in the H.R Giger tribute in México City, many fantastic-art and surrealistic artists were there. You should talk with Giger curator, the spanish Carlos Arenas!!! Thanks
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scouter69 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016
Thank you Techgnotic for a wonderful and powerful tribute to one of the worlds most inspiring artist.  Giger's work has always captured my imagination and every time I look upon his paintins and drawings I find new details that I didn't see before.  It's as if they have a life of their own.  Giger will be missed.
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poempainter Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Saw the documentary about him on Netflix    I has Alien Alien Emote 
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:iconcostaluisa:
costaluisa Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Student Digital Artist
can you tell me the name of it?
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:iconpoempainter:
poempainter Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World 

 Here is a link to it on Rotten Tomatoes:

www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dark_…
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costaluisa Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
thank you so much!!!! Hug 
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The-Sneermonger Featured By Owner Edited Jul 22, 2016  Student Artist
I recently bought Aliens vs. Predator. I enjoyed playing as Number Six. Thank you Giger, for a creature I could play the role of and love it.

R.I.P.
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TRVartwork Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Giger's art is always inspiring and always will be for many generations.
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TheUnknownDutchMan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016
gonna miss you giger. your mechanical art was the finest horror stuff i liked the most.
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wielgosz Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015
Dear Techgnotic, 
Firstly. Awesome. 

Secondly, if you do not object to me posting this here, I wanted to reach out to you (and the rest of us who are ... .... "Giger-philes"? to ask for opinions, artistic submissions or $5 pledges to a Kickstarter I've created with the goal of creating a Giger-Style portrait of Donald Trump. Somehow the blend of dystopia, sexuality, power, and fear in his style seem a perfect match for trolling the American political Zeitgeist. 

If anyone is interested in any element of this project, or just want to talk about an HR Giger portrait of Donald Trump, please get in touch. Or check out the project here and send me some feedback - 
www.kickstarter.com/projects/b…

Beautiful Design Work,
Ben
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xzendor7 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015   Digital Artist
Awesome Presentation
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:icontheancynt:
TheAncynt Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
!!!
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Rheic-ocean Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Student 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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:iconmarkusultimatum:
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  Hobbyist Digital 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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:iconbioengineer2:
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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