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H.R.GIGER 1940 -2014

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The Man. The Visionary. The Master

Hans Rudolf Giger was, without a doubt, one of the most talented surrealists and one of the most gifted artists that this world has ever known and in May he sadly passed away at the age of 74.

Why am I writing this nearly a month after his death? Well, I was debating on whether I should join the bandwagon and write a little something or keep my thoughts to myself, but in the end I caved and decided to write about what he meant to me as an art lover, movie fanatic and fashion aficionado.

Giger was and always will be one of my favourite artists. Up there with Leonardo da Vinci, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Michelangelo, Giger was, for me, a great visionary when it came to artistic creations, in both painting and sculpture.

His early studies of industrial design and architecture lead the way in the development of his works and his unique style of airbrushing led to the creation of some of the most famous surrealist and nightmare inducing pieces ever seen.

Giger way probably most known for his input into the creation of the ‘Alien’ in the movies of the same name. Based on his painting ‘Necronomicon IV’, the Alien became one of the silver screens most notorious extra-terrestrials and loved by both movie-goers and art lovers alike. The creation and subsequent use of this alien design led to him receiving an Oscar in 1980.

His work was also featured on the cover of Emerson, Lake and Palmers album ‘Brain Salad Surgery’ which pushed him to the forefront of the arts and music scene in 1973. In recent years, his work has been appreciated by a younger generation of music lovers when he created the famous “The Bitch” microphone stand for Korn singer Jon Davies. This was created to the specification of ‘biomechanical, erotic and moveable’. Giger later adapted this design into his fine art sculpture known as the ‘Nubian Queen’.

By: Fabiano Carnevale - CC BY 2.0

Starting out at an illustrator, Giger quickly became accustomed to using an airbrush to create his works and develop a very unique painting style. He used this to create massive monochrome landscapes of nightmarish qualities. He then went on to create a then very rarely seen combination in the art world: Living Forms intertwined with mechanical formations. He labelled this creation ‘Biomechanics’. This then went on to feature a plethora or deformed humans, biomechanoid human/machine hybrids and of course, many a breast and penis.

The sexualization of his landscapes and the dirty, cold industrial combination served not only to give us something to look at and observe, but to show us where we come from and where we are going. This is very evident in his ‘Birth Machine’ painting and sculpture and the end is depicted in both ‘Satan I’ and ‘Baphomet’.

A multitalented man, working on paintings, sculpture, architecture, video game design, movies and albums, H.R.Giger’s creations and works all stemmed from his uptake of art to combat the night terrors which plagued him throughout his life. It is with this thought in mind that makes you wonder what horrors actually went through his head during those terrible night times. If his works have anything to show then that man surely had a true vision of the most hellish of delights.

The loss of this great artist has come as a shock to the art world and the music world and almost seems as surreal as his work.

I’m sure that his creations will continue to shock, disgust, intrigue and astound us for many years to come make us aware of our own existence in world dependent on machines and electronics and the risk we run of becoming biomechanoids ourselves. 

If Giger’s visions are anything to go by, it will be fucking awesome.

H.R Giger – February 5, 1940 – May 12, 2014

Greatly Missed.