H.R Giger, Biomechanical Artist Passes Away at 74

Hans Rudolf "Ruedi" Giger, surrealist Swiss artist famous for his biomechanical and eerie style, passed away on Monday, following hospitalization for serious injuries from a fall down the stairs in his Zurich home.

Giger's artwork is easily recognizeable for his monochromatic landscapes and macabre creatures and humans fused to machines through various orafices making Gigers obsession with sex and death well known. Giger had once said that his paintings make the greatest impressions on those with offbeat tastes. "If they like my work, they are creative... or they are crazy".

Gigers art has inspired many people, and has also graced many album covers, or had designed posters or props for many musicians including, but not limited to, Celtic Frost, Danzig, Carcass, Korn, The Dead Kennedy's and Debbie Harry's album cover for Koo Koo, who in 1991 Rolling Stone magazine listed in the top 100 album covers of all time.

His lithograph, Necronomicon IV in 1976 was the inspiration for the alien Xenomorph creature that creeped us all out in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror film Alien. He also contributed to designs or sets in Poltergeist II, Dune, Species, Prometheus and more.

In his lifetime, he has also won the Academy Award for Best Achievement for Visual Effects, and was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2013. Giger even opened his own museum in Gruyeres, Switzerland, in 1998, which displays his paintings and sculptures. It also includes other unique art by the likes of Salvador Dalí and Ernst Fuchs.

H.R Giger has left behind a slew of famous artwork and legions of fans who have tattooed themselves as biomechanical canvas' which Giger himself was very flattered by. "The greatest compliment is when people get tattooed with my work, whether it's done well or not. To wear something like that your whole life is the largest compliment someone can pay to you as an artist."

 

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