He was an artist you might not know.
But you’ve met his children…
It’s rare that a “new” iconic monster is born and becomes forever identifiable,—— no matter the variations, by generation after generation. So it was when George Romero created the ultimate “zombie” in his Night of the Living Dead in 1968. Zombie Apocalypse fans today may have never heard of George or seen the original “Night,” but the zombies they so love in fare like The Walking Dead owe their existence to Romero’s original vision.
In 1979, screenwriter Dan O’Bannon crafted a horror script by starting with neither a story idea nor a hero protagonist to follow.
He built his script around the monster itself, knowing only that he wanted the frights to come from more-and-more revealing glimpses of one of artist H.R. Giger’s mad creations. That monster, the alien in Alien (1979), has now become what everyone knows a space alien to be. Most movie aliens since Alien have been modified versions of Giger’s creation. Giger is the father of today’s aliens, as Romero is the father of today’s zombies.
Giger, who died May 12, was a nocturnal hermit painter, sculptor and set designer whose strength was translating nightmare visions into his bizarre works of art, many of which exuded a perverse sexuality. He is usually classified as a “surrealist,” but he called his art “biomechanics,” with its subjects often appearing to be hybrid living organic creatures having bodies melded with mechanical parts.
The 1970s generation will never get his album cover for Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Brain Salad Surgery out of their heads. Punk rock’s Dead Kennedys’ album Frankenchrist featured Giger’s painting, Penis Landscape, resulting in an obscenity trial for lead songer Jello Biafra. Giger’s first published book of artworks was 1977’s Necronomicon, named in homage to horror writer H.P. Lovecraft.
Giger was a touchstone artist for those in the 70s & 80s who sought to shake up the establishment with a walk on the wild side. Today he is thought of by many artists as being one of the exemplars of letting the mind go free—to explore either the light or the darkness—and be fearless in sharing what was found there in one’s art. His art might be considered “safe” today, but he was a real inspiration to many of today’s artists.
from today’s talented artists within the deviantART community:
Like all great visionaries, Giger has no truck with superfice; he plunges his hands into the raw stuff of our subconscious. Following where he's gone, we discover that we are not, after all, strangers here. As someone that not only created memorable monsters, but saw the beauty in them, there is a place in Midian for H.R. Giger.
— CliveBarker —
I instantly became a fan of Giger's work when I came across his 'Necronomicon' art book in the library, as a boy. To me, Giger will always be the 'King of Biomechanoids', elegant yet disturbing hybrid beings. Sci-Fi Horror is my favourite visual niche, so I've always been enamoured with his inimitable style. A true legend, what a legacy.
— conzpiracy —
To view Giger's work is to become swept into a new world of darkness and fascination, where nightmares become reality in a way that is both grotesque and intriguing. You can't look at Giger's work without wanting to know more, longing to explore a world that is nearly visceral with all your senses. For me personally, Giger appeals not only to my darker senses, but also to my intellect because his work drives me to reconsider what reality is. What genius must a man possess to take us on such journeys, to capture the most vivid of imaginations and to chill the spirit?
— Aeirmid —
A farewell to a man whose artistic imprint will never fade away. Thank you for setting the bar high, thank you for being a true inspiration, and with a lot of nostalgia, I wish to also thank you for being such a huge part of every kid's childhood, including my own. How often do Alien Monsters make the world a better place? Maybe never, unless H.R. Giger has had something to do with it. So thank you for your truly timeless artistic vision.
— nina-Y —
H. R. Giger's works were one of the first—if not even the very first—that I encountered after I became art-conscious years ago. The eerie world of his creations had an enormous impact on my imagination. Big enough to still feel an itch at the back of my head (or perhaps a hug on my face) from time to time, and big enough to still sense an echo of it in my own pictures, no matter how far I've got since then. One of my role models, next to Alan Lee, when it comes to utilizing the mind - how he went from paper to onscreen, but not by moulding himself for the movies, only by using his own, already existing view, without bending it to fit in. Seeing his designs transferred, moving around and breathing, his architecture filling the space—that is something quite inspiring to look up to, whether you like the views themselves or not.
— STelari —
Rest in peace you masterful dark overlord.
His nightmares make life worth living.
When I was about half my current age, H.R. Giger's works got me interested in a particular kind of art for the first time, before I even had a particular sense for art beyond 'Oh this looks cool'. His art seemed to be everywhere to the point I took it for granted. 'This is Giger, this is art, of course it's on posters and album covers and in movies and on t-shirts and inked on people's skin'; especially the Birth Machine was and is very popular where I live. People who barely have an interest in art are intrigued by his creations. H. R. Giger was synonym for surreal bio-mechanical art. Back then just the word "Giger" stood for that type of art first and then the person who created it. "Gigeresque" is a frequent word in surreal arts. Hans Rudolf's works feel like an unquestionably integral part of science-fiction and surreal art and undoubtedly for our modern art world as a whole.
— Thunderstatement —
H.R. Giger was the first artist whose name I could remember and style I could recognize. My first serious artistic attempts were inspired him and my desire to create art was born from Giger introducing me to other universes. His influence in my artwork is in the intricacies. His art is not clean and simple, it's made up for many lines and lots of details, a complete universe hidden in the smallest detail. There is always something new to discover in Giger's art. Today I'm very sad as I've lost one of the father's of my inspiration.
— Urus-28 —
H.R. Giger didn't just redefine a genre, he created one. His grotesquely beautiful bio-mechanical visions influenced art across all disciplines. Wether adapted for the screen or for the page his signature style could be identified immediately. His body of work should be a reminder to all artists to be original and explore beyond the boundaries of our imagination. I'm sad that we will no longer see new paintings from this legendary artist but I take comfort in knowing that his work will live on to inspire us all.
— BrianKesinger —
He was a great inspiration to me, nearly scaring me half to death as a child with his brilliant design in Alien. He took artistic risks, and had a signature style that would and will be hard to miss.
— DanLuVisiArt —
My first exposure to Giger's work was at the age of seven, thanks to a computer game called Dark Seed. Giger, for me, was the kind of artist whose work went beyond exploring conventional beauty and popular ideas- it was equal parts repulsive yet hauntingly familiar at the same time and it absolutely fueled my nightmares and imagination. He made me believe that truly great work was really not about what you drew but how you made people feel. A true icon.
— ukitakumuki —
Giger carved living, livid forms out of flesh and metal in his mind, and somehow managed to transfer those visions to flat surfaces. His paintings were sculptures. His production design-work has never been bettered, and has been endlessly imitated. Most of us can only dream of such a legacy.
Though his art somewhat resembled the restless, metamorphic paintings of Zdzislaw Beksinski, they were crafted it in monotone hues using an airbrush in unique and entirely original ways. Sometime a fresh-blood red would dominate, or a bilious green, but mostly these were shadow-land images, carved from smoke and bone.
He inspired me not only as an artist, but as a writer. It was a joy to be able to write and draw a story for his classic Xenomorph in my graphic novella 'Aliens: Fast Track to Heaven'. Perhaps, at last, he will rest easy. Such nightmares could only arise from a troubled soul - though it is our joy and trauma to continue to behold them...
— LiamSharp —
In space no one can hear you scream". But we heard a wail of sadness on Tuesday when we found out about the death of artist HR Giger. Giger found the perfect outlet for his work when he was hired to create the creature for Ridley Scott's space horror film Alien.
HR Giger changed the we look at horror in film the same as Technicolor changed the way we looked at film. It has never been the same since.
Giger's vision was unique. He was a man of extraordinary talent whose work is almost uncatagorisable in it's vision of other worlds and the creatures that inhabit them. His influence on the last few generations of artists is immeasurable. He will be missed. Godspeed HR Giger.
— DaveDorman —
The first movie I saw when I was a little boy was Alien. My father's mistake became a big obsession in my childhood. Why did the shape of the monster in that movie that scare me so much? Back in that time, there were only a few ways to watch a movie, in a theatre or maybe TV. It wasn't like now, where you can find images related to a movie everywhere. My only way to find it, was using my memory and drawing. So that is why started to draw, to remember the work of H.R. Giger that impressed me in Alien. When I grew up, I learned about him and his work and watched how his bio-mechanical vision became a true icon for a whole generation, my generation. Last year, I travelled to Switzerland and was able to visit Gruyeres and the Giger Museum and see his work with my own eyes. There was the original costume and head that he did for Alien. As an artist (and my inner child) it was like the end of a peregrination. Thanks H.R. Giger for the nightmares and wonders.
— GENZOMAN —
It wasn't aliens that drew me to Giger's work, but the surreal, bio-mechanical landscapes that seemed like the fever-dreamed manifestations of the music I'd discovered at exactly the same time. For me, Giger occupies the same brain space as Front 242, Leæther Strip, Skinny Puppy and the germinations of my own creative fumbling. There will always be a corner of my imagination that looks like his work, and tendrils of it will always color my own.
— Memnalar —
How does someone pay tribute to an artist who changed so many things? He added a new level to the look of sci-fi and horror. His bio-mechanical drawings, dark fancies, and mood took the dark side one step further. I believe he was someone you loved his art and followed that muse, wither light or dark he was committed. He work was layered with mystery, sensuality and danger. It questioned ideas in bold statements and he was not afraid to challenge you directly. From Dune to Alien, from sensual to the horrific, from the decorative to the ugly there was nothing he could not do. I will miss that there will be no new work. The body of art he leaves behind is amazing and compelling. He changed my visual outlook, opened many doorways to new ideas, and will be missed.
— MANSYC —
H.R. Giger has been an inspiration to me with the organic forms and fluid lines his artwork was primarily made of. His art evoked fascination for me. There was great beauty in the creepy yet erotic scenes he would depict. A mixture of repulsion with attraction. You can find his influence in so many artists, and immortalized in film and on the skin of people for generations to come.
— GillianIvy —
If Hans Rudolf Giger was ever afraid of the dark, it's evident that at some point he must've fallen deeply in love with it as well. Giger rendered nightmares that are ultimately, unspeakably beautiful. It may well require a mad man to see such ornate grandeur in even the most Stygian darkness; there's no question that it took a uniquely gifted artist of the highest caliber to allow for us to see it, too.
— SRaffa —
This man's work has affected many of us in a very profound way. If you would like to take the opportunity to convey how his work has affected you as an artist or your view of art; please share those thoughts with us in the comments.
Many of you have been in this community for a long time, but whether you’ve just joined or you’ve been a member since day one, this is your first impression of the new DeviantArt.
Change is not something that we take lightly, because it affects our collective identity. It was important for us to define who we are and what we’re made of at our core before we changed anything. We all have our own understanding of what that means, but the process of getting that core story down on paper took almost a year.
The result is “Bleed and Breed Art.” This is our center of gravity and our reason for getting out of bed in the morning.
It is the guide and the justification for everything, including our business partnerships, the development of the new app and the design of our new identity. Anything and everything we create is in service of our innate calling to Bleed and Breed Art.
This is who we are at our essence. When I say “we,” I mean you, too. We are not a company or a brand or a website—we are a community united in our love and support of art and artists. Our new look is not designed to compete or keep up with other companies, brands or websites—it’s designed to tell our story and showcase our art and artists in the best possible way. We are DeviantArt.
— Angelo (spyed), CEO
We are where art starts, but that is only the beginning. We are a community for the creative in everyone to develop and heighten their personal sense of taste, but that’s not where it ends. We are the movement for the liberation of creative expression.
We believe that art is for everyone, and we’re creating the cultural context for how it is created, discovered and shared.
Artists love us because we are an inclusive and supportive community. We help them find their identity through self-expression. We provide the tools, resources and exposure to enable them to become better, more successful artists. We inspire people to create art by feeding their creativity.
We provide endless entertainment and inspiration. This is where you see it first. This is where whatever you’re into, no matter how niche, is embraced and expressed by a dedicated community of likeminded creatives. This is where the global undercurrent of creativity feeds the future of popular culture.
There’s no other place like DeviantArt. We are an unapologetically addictive experience. Our world is a prolific orgy of originality where creatives enjoy freedom of artistic expression. We are the deviation of creativity that shatters the confines of expectation. We can’t help it—it runs through our veins and compels us to nurture it in others. This is DeviantArt.
Our new logo is symbolic of everything we believe. It is an audacious and inspired evolution of our original dA mark—literally turning the art world upside down. We love it because, like DA, people might not get it right away and, like all great art, it challenges perceptions and perspectives. Most importantly, it elevates DeviantArt and our artists.
The construction of our brand mark is a combination of our symbol and a completely customized wordmark, all of which use the angle of 62 degrees to cut the letter forms.
These are the five preferred lockups of our logo and wordmark.
There is no question that DeviantArt is green. Like art, it is in our blood. We considered every shade of green imaginable before deciding unanimously on the bold, vibrant “DeviantArt Green” you see now. Most importantly, we’ve defined a system for using it selectively rather than pervasively.
As well as DeviantArt Green, we’ve established a neutral color palette of greys chosen specifically for their qualities to showcase art. Now, DA is represented in DeviantArt Green and our art can represent itself in the best light.
Our typeface is called Calibre (not Calibri) by a type foundry called Klim. We use caps whenever possible and give it a custom treatment by cutting off the first and last letters of words and/or sentences with the diagonal angle of our logo.
Another great thing about our symbol is that it can tessellate to form a beautiful pattern. It is particularly powerful because, when the symbol tessellates, it allows the two “A”s to become more clear.
Our identity is as much yours as it is ours, so we wanted you to have all of the pieces to bring it to life in your own ways. Download, share and create as you see fit.
If you haven’t met Fella, he’s our mascot, and he’s not going anywhere. Fella’s look has changed over the years, and those changes have always been made by the community. That’s not going to change. He is yours and yours alone. Here he is with the new logo.
We spent months together, at one point even locking ourselves in repurposed warehouse space in downtown LA for an intensive 12 hour workshop. Every voice was heard. Everything was put on the table. We were exposed—stripped back to our essence and forced to reconcile our past with our future.
Tough questions were asked and answered. What does it mean to be a deviant? What is the nature of art and of artists? What are the universal truths about DA? Who are we, really?
Design sensibilities were explored exhaustively. Colors, textures, patterns and typefaces were examined and discussed extensively.
Moving Brands are pros, and their guidance was invaluable in filtering through the myriad of insights, impressions and opinions to find the common threads. It’s how we got to “Bleed and Breed Art,” which informed everything else from logo and color choices to the layout of the website and the functionality of our amazing new app.
Bleed and Breed Art is more than a tagline. We’re using it to guide all of our decisions. In other words, before we add a feature or design an app or make a business partnership, the question, “will this Bleed and Breed Art?” is the first thing we ask of ourselves. If the answer is anything but an emphatic “yes,” we go back to the drawing board.
In many ways, “Bleed and Breed Art” is the most important piece that came out of this journey. It has always been true and will always be true.
There will be more changes and new additions in the future as we continue to grow. Some may have obvious benefits, while the reasoning behind others may not be so immediately apparent. Whatever the case may be, know that the motivation behind everything we do will always be to Bleed and Breed Art—for our 32 million registered members, for the new artists and art lovers of the future, and for the world.
A few years ago, deviantART teamed up with several university laboratories across the United States, and we are proud to finally announce the fruits of our efforts. Thanks to recent advancements in neurological science, we're unveiling a revolutionary new platform in artistic creation. Our device uses touch-sensitive pads built into your existing keyboard and mouse to monitor your brainwaves and transmit them directly to our site. Excited? Welcome to the new age of thoughtART Technology!
It may sound like something from science fiction, but the technology behind thoughtART is actually quite simple. Each person has unique patterns mapped into their brains correlating with the cadence of the firing of their synapses. Our new platform taps into how the brain processes these synapses and translates them digitally. In the same way that you can "see" an image in your mind when starting on an artistic endeavor, this feature strives to create that right on the digital page without the artist lifting a finger!
When you connect to thoughtART, the technology syncs with your nervous system to discover your artistic style, preferred palette, and ideas that have been floating in your head that you just haven't had time to put to paper. Once connected, the system measures the pulses generated by your temporal lobe and your levels of acetylcholine to read the exact thoughts you're experiencing. The process is 100% harmless, and you will experience no discomfort while your brainmap is being generated.
Put aside your brushes, pencils, and tablets, because thanks to the round-the-clock efforts of deviantART's partnering science labs, you only need one tool to create the masterpiece you've always dreamed of: your mind. You'll never have to lift a brush again.
Take a break from creation and spend a few minutes getting inspired. Using the same state-of-the-art technology, deviantART has also calibrated the system to help discover the art of your dreams. Sit back with thoughtART Search, and let your brain tell you what it wants to see. (Although the process is completely safe, we recommend resting the creative brain at 30-minute intervals.)
Since this is a brand-new product, we'd love to hear your feedback! What type of art are you generating with thoughtART Create? What does your brain like to browse in thoughtART Search? Let us know!
Share your creations and findings in the comments on this article, and let the world see what the power of your mind can do.
DeviantART is proud to unveil a revolutionary new platform in artistic creation — thoughtART! Using touch-sensitive pads built into your existing keyboard and mouse, thoughtART technology monitors your brainwaves, transmitting them directly to our site to create and discover art like never before.