Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Giger, H R

Working name of Swiss artist and designer Hans Rudolf Giger (1940-2014), whose weirdly fascinating and disturbing paintings and structures gained worldwide acclaim with the release of Ridley Scott's Alien (1979). Usually executed in a range of blue-greys, HRG's works, evidently influenced by the Surrealists Max Ernst and Antonio Gaudí (1852-1926), plumb the most disturbing regions of the subconscious, combining organic and mechanoid forms in a morbidly obsessive manner.

HRG provided designs for, aside from Alien, Poltergeist II (1986; > Poltergeist) and Species (1995); his work has been imitated in many other movies. [RT]

other works: A Rh+ (graph 1971); H.R. Giger (graph 1976); H.R. Giger's Necronomicon (graph 1977); H.R. Giger's Alien (graph 1979); H.R. Giger: New York City (graph 1981); H.R. Giger: Retrospektive, 1964-1984 (graph 1984); H.R. Giger's Necronomicon II (graph 1986); H.R. Giger's Biomechanics (graph 1988; trans 1990 US); H.R. Giger's Species Design (graph 1995).

Hans Rudolf Giger

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