H.R. Giger: Artist, Visionary and creator of Alien
Our Science Fiction season concluded last night with Aliens, featuring H.R. Giger's most iconic creation.
16 June 2014
The Swiss surrealist painter was born in Chur, one of the largest Swiss cities, in 1940. His father believed that art was a ‘breadless profession’ and encouraged his son to go into medicine but in 1962 Giger moved to Zurich to study Architecture and Industrial Design.
Throughout his career he considered himself more of an artist than a set or costume designer, but in the mid 1970’s psychedelic visionary, Alejandro Jodorowsky and special effects legend Dan O’Bannon encouraged him to work with Ridley Scott on the original Alien movie.
His movie monster is ‘a hideously deformed reflection of us, with its oversized head, its spindly limbs, its lack of eyes, its telescopic jaw.’ Giger himself described his work as ‘biomechanical’ saying ‘my paintings seem to make the strongest impression on people who are, well, who are crazy’.
He tragically passed away in May after sustaining injuries from a fall. Tributes poured in from across the art and film world with Ridley Scott describing him as ‘a real artist and great eccentric, a true original, but above all, he was a really nice man. He will be missed.’
Aliens was the final film in our Science Fiction series, but don't miss this Wednesday's Sci Fi book club hosted by The Double Negative!