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R.I.P.: H.R. Giger

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May 13, 2014 - 3:00:00 PM

More sad news to report.  H.R. Giger, the artist whose nightmarish creations provided the basis for Ridley Scott's Oscar-winning Alien (1979), passed away yesterday at the age of 74 from injuries sustained in a fall, according to the H.R. Giger Museum in Gruyeres, Switzerland. 

Mr. Giger was born in Chur, Switzerland and was an artist at a time when audiences for his type of work was few and far between.  This is difficult to believe now as so many artists were influenced by his original melding of people and machines.  His father had him train as an industrial designer while his mother encouraged his zeal for morbidly grotesque artwork which initially took the form of ink and oil before he discovered airbrushing while using his own freehand technique. 

He was commissioned by 20th Century Fox to design and create the sets and titular monster in the aforementioned Alien which became a smash hit and launched a successful franchise while inspiring legions of fans to become artists and filmmakers.  He won a well-deserved Oscar for his work on the film.        

Mr. Giger worked as a set designer for Dune (1984), Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986), and Species (1995). 


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