Artist and ALIEN Designer H.R. Giger Dead at 74

     May 13, 2014


Swiss Artist H.R. Giger, who is best known for designing the iconic look of Alien, has died at age 74.  An employee told Swiss media [via Reuters] that Giger died on Monday in Zurich from injuries he obtained after suffering a fall.  Giger, who worked in multiple formats including ink drawing, polyester, airbrush, and more, described his work as “biomechanical” as it frequently fused the human and the industrial into surreal images.  His work was always eye-catching and enduring to the point where, as seen in Jodorowsky’s Dune, the designs he did for Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s failed attempt to make Dune eventually landed up in Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus.  That’s not to mention all of his work that adorned VHS boxes, album covers, and the fact that he even has his own museum in a medieval castle in Switzerland.

Our deepest condolences go out to Mr. Giger’s family and friends.


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  • Hey

    An amazing artist with an enormous influence. R.I.P.

  • The Flobbit

    HR Giger must be buried in a deep black tomb, with shiny phallic symbols and twisted backbones surrounding a dark mausoleum decorated with the faces of mutant infants.

    Nothing less would have suited the great man, with an imagination as twisted as it was beautiful. RIP

  • Cpt Rex Kramer

    Very sad. R.I.P. Mr. Giger.

  • tarek

    2 years ago ( in March 2012) Moebius, (Jean Giraud) died at 73. He knew Giger and worked with him on Alien design.
    Moebius has also his own style. He worked with Jodorowsky on the Incal saga.

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  • aceshigh

    Holy shit, that sucks. Rest in peace, Mr. Giger.

    As far as I’m
    concerned, the xenomorph is still THE most terrifying creature in movie
    monster history. I saw those films as a kid and I still have “Alien”
    themed nightmares at 35 years old.

    That’s a testament to Giger’s brilliant grasp of body horror, the perverse, and the macabre.

  • Lance Mitaro

    He was the Steven King of paintings.

  • Grendal Sven