Monday Muse – HR Giger

I was sad to learn that one of my favourite artists died last week, Hans Rudolf Giger, at the age of 74. For those who don’t know, Giger was a surrealist painter, sculptor and set designer. He created the titular Alien for Ridley Scott’s 1979 film.

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He mostly worked with an airbrush and his paintings are often nightmarish, industrial-inspired and monochromatic. His work is very dark and often with an underlying sexual theme.  Giger’s most distinctive style was  a representation of human bodies and machines in a cold interconnected relationship, which he called “biomechanical”. He suffered from night terrors and his paintings are usually, to some extent, inspired by these.

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Some of his work can be disturbing to look at but I’ve always found him inspiring. I suppose I was drawn to him when I was younger because of the darkness; it appealed to my morbid side. And, of course, I’m a huge Alien fan, so there’s that. Even now though I enjoy the little shiver I get when I look at some of his paintings and I can appreciate the level of detail in them. Each one seems to tell a story and I love art like that because you can create something from it.

I’m sad that he’s gone; another of my inspirations snatched away. But his paintings and sculptures will still be here to remind us of his great talent.

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