EPITAPH : HANS GIGER

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Welcome to Epitaph for D’s Art Takes. Here we present the creative legacies of influential people, who are no longer among us. Today we invite you to take a look at the life of the Swiss artist, Hans Giger.

Hans Ruedi Giger was born in 1940 in Chur, Switzerland. Giger’s vivid imagination developed in his childhood. Therefore, when he pursued fine art, he was quick to adopt the creative techniques and visual vocabulary of the Surrealists. The artist was fascinated with his own thoughts and dreams, which he captured into various media and presented as art. It is interesting however to note that Giger’s art generally evokes a sense of eeriness.

Career

In the early 60s, Giger attended the School of Applied Arts in Zurich, where he studied architecture and industrial design. A few short years later and the young artist was already creating works of his own – mostly in oil and ink.

It was still early in his career when Giger discovered airbrush. He then went on to evolve his own unique style wherein he used this tool on the original drawings he created. The results were magnificent. Using this combination of techniques, Giger was able to create mystical Surrealist landscapes. Some of these works were published in a book in 1977 – titled Necronomicon.

Necronomicon found its way to the hands of Hollywood director Ridley Scott. Impressed by Giger’s work, Scott hired him to help create special effects for the iconic film Alien (1979). The visual effects of the film were unmatched – and better than any other movie in that era. For this, Giger won an Oscar in 1980 for Best Achievement in Visual Effects. Other films that the artist worked on are Poltergeist II, Alien3 and Species. Giger’s works have been showcased in exhibitions across the globe.

In 1998, the HR Giger Museum was set up in Gruyères, Switzerland

Giger died in 2014.

“Some people would say my paintings show a future world and maybe they do, but I paint from reality. I put several things and ideas together, and perhaps, when I have finished, it could show the future.”

– H. R. Giger

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