[-[[caption-width-right:350:Sexual imagery? You're just imagining it.]]-]

Hans Ruedi "H.R." Giger (February 5, 1940 - May 12, 2014) was a Swiss [[SurrealHorror surrealist]] painter, sculptor, designer, and concept artist.

Known for his works' disquieting, [[OrganicTechnology biomechanical]], often sexual imagery, Giger achieved much of his fame from his work in films as a set and creature designer. Among the film projects he worked on were ''Film/{{Alien}}'', ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'', ''Film/{{Dune}}'', ''Film/PoltergeistIITheOtherSide'', ''Film/{{Species}}'', and ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'', which actually dusted off some unused concepts from a Pre-David Lynch ''Dune'' film that never [[Creator/AlejandroJodorowsky got off the ground]]. Before this he provided two paintings for Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer's album ''Brain Salad Surgery'', one of which had to be airbrushed for purposes of censorship. The Music/DeadKennedys included a poster of his painting ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Penis Landscape]]'' with their album ''Music/{{Frankenchrist}}'' -- for which they got in a little trouble, Music/{{Danzig}} used his art for the cover of ''Danzig III: How the Gods Kill'', and Music/CelticFrost used his painting ''Satan I'' for the cover of their seminal album ''To Mega Therion''.

Giger also contributed art to the ''VideoGame/DarkSeed'' games, has a number of bars in Switzerland themed after his art (which are probably [[AlienGeometries nice]], [[CreepyBasement comfortable]] [[NothingButSkulls places]] to get a drink), and designed [[CoolChair incredibly menacing furniture]].

Giger sadly passed away in May 2014 after sustaining injuries in a fall. [[http://www.dorkly.com/post/62941/the-terrifying-afterlife-of-hr-giger Here's a comic of him seeing Hell for the first time]]. [[spoiler:Too bad it's ''[[SugarBowl subjective]]'' [[TastesLikeDiabetes Hell]].]]

And [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY his name's pronounced GHEE-ger]].

!!Common themes in Giger's work include:

* AdmiringTheAbomination: His works are likely to invoke this in artists and fans of psychology, horror, and design. His claim to mastery was not merely his talent for making high octane NightmareFuel, but his ability to make it aesthetically fascinating, incredibly cool, or even ''beautiful''.
* AlienKudzu: His favorite type of plant, closely followed by MeatMoss.
* BodyHorror[=/=]BizarreAlienBiology: Tons of it. TropeCodifier for combining the two in creature design and modern scifi horror, his style inspiring an entire generation of later concept artists.
* DieselPunk: One might easily get the impression from Giger's art that he ''himself'' was a some sort of biomechanical creation.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Giger suffered from intense and frequent nightmares. The things he saw in those dreams inspired all of his paintings and drawings.
* EternalEngine: Whenever he decided to do a "landscape" that isn't set in the BloodyBowelsOfHell. Or at least when he decided to do one set in hell's industrial district.
* EvilIsVisceral: Much of his artwork is based on this, thus leading to many of its subtropes.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin:
** ''Penis Landscape''
** His ''Xenoerotica'' portfolio collection.
* FanDisservice: Giger's artwork frequently features nudity and sexual situations, which tends to be more unsettling (or worse) than sensual (see NightmareFetishist below).
* NightmareFetishist: He appears to be one, considering the sexual imagery common to his art and the fact that it was '''literally''' inspired by his night terrors. He even has a portfolio collection entitled ''Xenoerotica'', which is exactly what is sounds like.
* OrganicTechnology: Much of his art portrays humans fused with machines, or humans ''boning'' machines, or [[{{Squick}} humans that are fused with machines boning]] ''[[{{Squick}} other]]'' [[{{Squick}} humans fused with machines, etc.]] He even coined the term "biomechanical".
* PhallicWeapon: Inversion: Giger occasionally uses guns as a yonic metaphor. Google "Birth Machine" for an example.
* [[MeanCharacterNiceActor Scary Art, Nice Artist]]: Those who worked with him invariably say that personally he was a very pleasant guy, but also note that he ''was'' pretty weird.
* SpikesOfVillainy: If a form isn't disquietingly organic, rounded, and smooth, it's probably sharp and pointy.
* SurrealHorror: A master of the genre.