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.
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.
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.