Tuesday, May 13, 2014

H.R. Giger Has Died

One of the most influential artists in the history of props and production designed has passed.  The AP has details on the death of H.R. Giger.  He's most famous for designing the xenomorphs in Ridley Scott's film "Alien", but his influence goes far beyond that single film.  His biomechanical art style has become one of the go-to visual themes in science fiction and horror. 

8 comments:

CoastConFan said...

I’m sorry to hear that Giger is gone because of his tremendous influence on the graphic arts, especially his bio-mechanical works. Back in 2010 I did a tribute youtube video on him with a little bit of a Lovecraft slant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7qMQtJcn6k

Propnomicon said...

@CoastConFan

Thanks for that. He may be gone, but his work is going to live on for a very long time.

Phil said...

Very sad. He was a big influence on me growing up, after I saw Alien, and especially after I found a dog-eared copy of one of his books in a store. I still have one of his posters on my wall as a matter of fact.

AutumnWind said...

A great loss. I have been a huge fan of his since I first saw the Alien movie when it originally came out in theaters. His work is magnificent. He will always be an inspiration for me!

Anonymous said...

There is a better obituary in
The Guardian:
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/may/13/hr-giger

Joseph White said...

I heard about this early this morning. I was bummed out the rest of the day :(

Alot of what I've made is inspired by him. Feels like all my hero's are passing away.

CoastConFan said...

I suppose my first exposure to H. R. Giger was with the album cover for Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s 1973 Brain Salad Surgery, which featured a fold out, multi layered piece of die-cut art. I saw it at least six months after its late ’73 release date, as I lived in a small town at the time. As an aside, the title song Brain Salad Surgery was so bad, it wasn’t released with the album, but only on a 45 rpm single released separately (the flip side was the original recording of Father Christmas, if I recall). They kept the title for the album, but threw out the song, oh well.

Stella Anderson said...

@CoastConFan

In my opinion that's one of the best album covers of all time. An absolute classic.