HR Giger has passed away at the age 74 from injuries suffered in a fall on Monday, his museum reported Tuesday. He designed the creature in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic “Alien,” and known in the metal world as the artist who created artwork for classic albums such as Celtic Frost’s “To Mega Therion” and most recently Triptykon’s “Melana Chasmata,”
The above paragraph is what most news sources will say…but to me the passing of HR Giger goes even deeper. He is one of the most influential modern artists of all time. From the movie ALIEN standpoint, no creature ever looked the same after you saw his creations. As a young kid, I spent countless hours drawing bio-mechanical looking creatures and as an adult, I spent countess hours marveling at his craftsmanship. There are two reasons that I am an illustrator today….Star Wars and HR Giger!!
I got to meet Giger years ago, very briefly at an opening he had at Fuse Gallery in NYC. Also, I was once part of a co-op gallery called Subculture and through Giger’s agent Les, we were able to have two permanent Giger pieces show at all of our shows. There was a bullet baby statue and a Giger chair. Every time I would walk in the space, I would marvel at the fact that there was Giger art just a mere 10 feet away from mine! And yes, when no one was looking, I would sit in the chair!
Giger’s art has been the desktop image on my computer for quite a while and when I turn on the computer every morning to get to work, I am reminded of just what inspired me to get into art in the first place. To say the Giger has an influence on metal visual artists is an understatement. I would say that there is no modern artist that has had more influence on world of dark art than Giger. The world has lost a truly iconic master but his visions will continue to inspire artists for generations. Thank you HR Giger!!!