H.R. Giger 1940-2014

Swiss artist H.R. Giger has passed on at age 74. He is best known as the designer for the iconic xenomorph creature from the Alien franchise of films – many designs coming out out of the failed 1970s adaptation of Dune – for which he won the Visual Effects Academy Award. Prolific and instantly recognizable, his work fused biological and the industrial in a monochrome creepiness, Giger’s contribution to popular culture extended into album covers, sculpture and galleries paintings often depicting machinery, sexuality and violence, often all at the same time.

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Other than directors, its pretty rare that a behind the scenes worker gets acclaim for a film or series of films. In the case of Giger its well deserved.

I don’t know how one does sci-fi concept art without consciously or subconsciously touching on Alien.