Posted in movies | music on May 13, 2014

by Ian Chainey

H.R. Giger on the set of 'Alien'

Acclaimed artist and designer H.R. Giger has died. The 74 year old Swiss surrealist succumbed to injuries suffered in a fall at his home.

Born in 1940, Giger rose to art world prominence in the later '60s, early '70s, creating terrifying and thought-provoking paintings and sculptures that sought to unify the logic -- or lack there of -- of Giger's night terrors with the precise, hyper-realistic lines befitting his architectural background. His work often focused on an intermingling of machinery and humanity, exploring a duality present in modern existence. It was phallic and fetishistic, yet not exactly sexualized, playing off of taboos and asking viewers to confront perceived contradictions. Soon, the entertainment world would come calling, leading towards a number of high profile projects, including album art design, movie art direction, interior design, and various commercial commissions; an incredible feat for an artist whose work was often considered shocking and grotesque.

From Emerson, Lake & Palmer, to his design work on Alien, to the Dead Kennedys' Frankenchrist insert which launched an obscenity trial, and much more, everyone had an experience or a reaction to Giger's work. As a testament to his ubiquity, Giger's aesthetic is now so familiar, his name can easily be invoked as a descriptor or other artists' work. Fortunately, his success occurred within his lifetime. He'll be missed.

A selection of H.R. Giger's work, his familiar music commissions, and a NSFW documentary, Revealed, appears below.











H.R. Giger - 'Revealed'



Tags: H.R. Giger, RIP

Comments (14)

As a kid I was so impressed by his ELP cover. RIP.

Posted by ME | May 13, 2014 12:55 PM

Innovative to the max. Sucks to hear about all the figures you know and appreciate dying from falls. I wonder if that's age related.

I'm sure I'll be seeing a statement from Thomas Gabriel Fischer soon.


Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 12:58 PM

There goes my hopes for a collaboration with Werner Herzog

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 1:12 PM

What does this have to do with MIA?

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 1:15 PM

There is some great footage of him in the recent "Jodorowsky's Dune" movie (it's at film forum). J took Giger to a Magma concert in Paris and he loved it, suck on that weasel walter

Posted by SOPCP | May 13, 2014 1:32 PM


Posted by E.L. Fudge | May 13, 2014 2:32 PM

Next time use the actual Celtic Frost record album cover not some ugly reissue cd layout that desecrates his work.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 3:55 PM

^ Captain Connoisseur right there, ladies and gentlesirs.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 3:59 PM

From the looks of this photo, he didnt have far to go.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 4:04 PM

Shallow commercial illustration, not Art.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 8:08 PM

Embracing deviance always makes the weak minded feel empowered.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 10:06 PM

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 . Drop by and share how his artwork opened your own mind!

Posted by Brandt | May 15, 2014 3:20 PM

Fusing the erotic, gothic and surreal, fuze fruit juices is a high quality blend of real fruit juices that will send you into a world of fantastic dreamscapes and esoteric imagery.

Posted by MC Escher wrote | May 15, 2014 3:36 PM

Giger borrowed my macbook pro and still has it...How can I ask for it back now...?

Posted by ArtFan x 1000 | May 15, 2014 3:54 PM

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