Swiss Artist H.R. Giger Dies At Age 74

May 13, 20140 Comments

Oscar winning artist and designer Hans Rudolf “Ruedi” Giger aka H.R. Giger has passed away at the age of 74 from injuries suffered in a fall.

Perhaps best known for his work on Ridley Scott’s Alien, Giger won an Oscar in 1980 for his work. He also worked on Alien 3 and went on to design other creatures such as the alien from 1995’s Species.

Giger studied architecture and industrial design but it was his surreal paintings which mixed the organic with the mechanical that caught the eye of filmmaker Ridley Scott. His painting Necronom IV was what inspired the look of the Xenomorph.

Giger’s work often fused sexual imagery with grotesque figures. Outside of film, Giger opened his own museum in 1998 to show case his work and many of his paintings are still displayed around the world.

All his pieces are so unique and easily recognizable as his. His style was one of a kind and we’ve lost an amazing talent.

He is survived by his wife Carmen.

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