Terrific And Terrifying Art Of H. R. Giger. RIP

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Hans Rudolf Giger  died on Monday, in Zurich, from injuries suffered in a fall, according to the H.R. Giger Museum in Gruyeres, Switzerland, as reported to the AP. He was 74.

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Swiss artist H.R. Giger, seen here at his “Dreams and Visions” exhibition in 2011, died Monday after a fall in Zurich. Giger’s work includes designs for the 1979 film Alien.

While Giger is best known as a creator of surreal biomechanics an designer of scary creatures for movies, he was also a very skilled artist. Surrealism was  his passion. The artist’s imagination, it is said, was inspired by his dreams.   a

James Cowan, who published Giger’s art books for more than 20 years and has been his friend for just as many years, has this to say in the interview for All Things Considered:

“He would have nightmares, going through passages and tunnels and this sort of thing. And took his dreams and put them on paper.”

“It was his mother who gave him a postcard when he was a little boy of a [Salvador] Dali painting. And it just transfixed him.” 

“He has a place in the pantheon of great painters. No question about it. And if you go back to Salvador Dali and all the great masters of imaginative art, Giger’s right in there.” 

He merged sex, tech and legend; his themes were dark, but not his soul. H. R. Giger was a kind man, and a good friend to many. RIP.

"Giger's vision of a human skull encased in a machine appeared on the cover of Brain Salad Surgery, a 1973 album by the rock band Emerson.

“Giger’s vision of a human skull encased in a machine appeared on the cover of Brain Salad Surgery, a 1973 album by the rock band Emerson.

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Giger’s unique aesthetics also inspired a Giger Bar in Tokyo and in his hometown. 

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