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Creator / H. R. Giger

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Sexual imagery? You're just imagining it.

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

Known for his works' disquieting, 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 Alien, Alien³, Dune, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, Species, and Prometheus, which actually dusted off some unused concepts from a Pre-David Lynch Dune film that never got off the ground. Before this he provided two paintings for Emerson, Lake & Palmer's album Brain Salad Surgery, one of which had to be airbrushed for purposes of censorship. The Dead Kennedys included a poster of his painting Penis Landscape with their album Frankenchrist — for which they got in a little trouble, Danzig used his art for the cover of Danzig III: How the Gods Kill, and Celtic Frost used his painting Satan I for the cover of their seminal album To Mega Therion.


Giger also contributed art to the Dark Seed games, has a number of bars in Switzerland themed after his art (which are probably nice, comfortable places to get a drink), and designed incredibly menacing furniture.

Giger sadly passed away in May 2014 after sustaining injuries in a fall. Here's a comic of him seeing Hell for the first time. Too bad it's subjective Hell.

And his name's pronounced GHEE-ger.


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