H.R. Giger R.I.P. - Genius Artist & Creator Of ALIEN Has Passed Away

Oscar winning artist and man behind the creature designs used in Ridley Scott's Alien (among many others) H.R. Giger has died at age 74. Details just past the jump for this sad news.

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By Doopie - 5/13/2014


Swiss artist and designer HR Giger has passed away at the age of 74 following a fall.

Perhaps best known for his work on Ridley Scott's Alien, Giger won an Oscar in 1980 for his work on the 'Xenomorph'. He returned to the franchise for Alien 3 and also went on to design other creatures including the alien from Species.

Giger studied architecture and industrial design but it was his surreal paintings which mixed the organic with the mechanical that caught the eye of Ridley Scott. His painting Necronom IV was what inspired one of sci-fi's most enduring and frightening creatures.

Described as 'bio-mechanical', Giger's work often fused sexual imagery with grotesque figures which made a perfect match for Ridley Scott's vision for Alien, it's themes and tone.

Outside of the movies Giger opened his own museum in 1998 to show case his work and many of his paintings are still displayed around the world. He is survived by his wife Carmen.

HR Giger
1940 - 2014
Source: bbc.co.uk
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staypuffed - 5/13/2014, 3:58 AM
Dang. RIP, man.
Jollem - 5/13/2014, 3:59 AM
FUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKK
Sophisticated - 5/13/2014, 4:00 AM
SAY WHAT! You where a badass visionary and artist. You shall be missed.
thanos83 - 5/13/2014, 4:04 AM
Wow..
Nubase - 5/13/2014, 4:04 AM
l went to his museum years ago to view his art, very surreal and awe inspiring

Brainiac13 - 5/13/2014, 4:05 AM
Great artist.

RIP.
LEEE777 - 5/13/2014, 4:05 AM
Holy shit damn, sad sad sad news :(

R.I.P.
Doopie - 5/13/2014, 4:06 AM
it is sad news. i studied this guy in college, his paintings are incredible. wish i had anywhere near his talent
SaxoWolf - 5/13/2014, 4:10 AM
Legend.

RIP
batz11 - 5/13/2014, 4:19 AM
Rip...
But why is there a huge penis on his head?
TopCat89 - 5/13/2014, 4:26 AM
RIP

Incredible talent
Jollem - 5/13/2014, 4:27 AM
it's a freudian thing. it's there only because you wanted to see it?
Starkasm - 5/13/2014, 4:27 AM
Batz

How dare you question his genius.
Starkasm - 5/13/2014, 4:28 AM
Batz

I think you may have ruined Alien for me haha
batz11 - 5/13/2014, 4:29 AM
Haha, maybe ;)
SeaSerpentine - 5/13/2014, 4:32 AM
Rest in peace. You will be missed.
Jollem - 5/13/2014, 4:32 AM
;D naw, it's a wang
SuperCat - 5/13/2014, 4:34 AM
Damn. Love his work. Ahead of his time.
batz11 - 5/13/2014, 4:34 AM
There's actually two, he's holding one too...
dutchman - 5/13/2014, 4:36 AM
Kut
Kyos - 5/13/2014, 4:38 AM
Damn, that guy's a legend... RIP :'(
LewisD - 5/13/2014, 4:41 AM
Huge loss. I've never seen any other artist come up with the designs he did.
Scarilian - 5/13/2014, 4:43 AM
Not going to tarnish this guys reputation or anything like that... but his work was not ahead of his time or anything like that. It plays on the basic concept of 'be disturbed' where images are meant to invoke connotations that either show sexual suggestive imagery or just people with disturbing additions or faces.

Its neither ground breaking nor anything amazing. Sure I'm sad that his life is over - but his work was only disturbing in the sense that people actually liked it.

Some of his work on landscapes varies from this trend - but most of it is just 'be disturbed' imagery made to shock the audience into thinking that it is supposed to represent something more.



RedMosquito - 5/13/2014, 4:45 AM
Surely one of the most talented artists the world have ever seen. Love that guys work.

RIP man.
pepe - 5/13/2014, 4:48 AM
Legend
CombatWombat - 5/13/2014, 4:52 AM
well, shit
hope the guy found peace in the end
SimyJo - 5/13/2014, 4:54 AM
Rest in Peace.
Logan5 - 5/13/2014, 5:03 AM
Apparently Scarillian needs some attention!

Logan5 - 5/13/2014, 5:07 AM
So here you go: yeah, his Landscapes(maybe 15 years since I've viewed in the proper format) stuff varies from most of his other work, but saying he wasn't ahead of his time? This guy was around doing this in the 60's and 70's.

But if locked, loaded and ready to go with something forgotten that really has no validity here, sure. You have the right to your opinion.., you have the right to suck if you want.
Chloefornication - 5/13/2014, 5:09 AM
Oh my god this is terrible. He was a god at what he did.

Rest in peace, you genius.
Nomis - 5/13/2014, 5:24 AM
Aw man, one of my inspirations. Unquestionably a genius in his field.

R.I.P.
ScorpioRisin - 5/13/2014, 5:25 AM
[frick] this gay earth.
R.I.P.
driver - 5/13/2014, 5:26 AM
R.I.P. and Thanks for all work including Genius Design of Alien!

You'll be Remembered!!!
RebelVulcan - 5/13/2014, 5:26 AM
RIP H.R Giger. A true master of his craft.
TheBlasi - 5/13/2014, 5:34 AM
I'm very sad that one of my all-time favorite artists ever has passed away. Here's the backgrond music of this situation:
CosmicLord - 5/13/2014, 5:47 AM
Love his work, great man!
GodzillaKart - 5/13/2014, 5:48 AM
@Scarilian: You are pointing out one of the baser aspects of his work and acting as if that is the works entirety. Yes, he mixed imagery that was simultaneously sexual and repulsive. But he also, as mentioned in the article, mixed organic, mechanic, recognizable and alien elements to create haunting, unforgettable nightmarish images. There is a reason he is known worldwide, and a reason his xenomorph is often considered film's greatest monster.
CaptShipwreck - 5/13/2014, 5:51 AM
Thank you sir , for your work ... Rest in peace now
Counts - 5/13/2014, 5:52 AM
Scarillian.....Not ahead of his time? Hahahahahahahahaha! That is rich. Wait....did I just fall for an Art Troll? Damn.
Newbus - 5/13/2014, 5:54 AM
batz11 - "But why is there a huge penis on his head? "

Better than having an alien one stuck down your throat.

RIP.
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