The Swiss artist, H.R. Giger, who designed the alien in Ridley Scott’s “Alien” has passed away at the age of 74. You might also know H.R. Giger from his album artwork from the Dead Kennedys’ album Frankenchrist. The “Penis Landscape” painting was included with the album as a poster, but was originally going to be the album cover. Dead Kennedys and Alternative Tentacles got sued by Tipper Gore and PMRC about the painting and their music after that. H.R. also did album artwork for Danzig, Debbie Harry, Celtic Frost and Emerson Lake and Palmer. His artwork was crazy and brilliant and there was no one like him.
BERLIN (AP) — Swiss artist H.R. Giger, who designed the creature in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic “Alien,” has died at age 74 from injuries suffered in a fall, his museum said Tuesday.
Sandra Mivelaz, administrator of the H.R. Giger museum in Gruyeres, western Switzerland, told The Associated Press that Giger died in a hospital on Monday.
Giger’s works, often showing macabre scenes of humans and machines fused into hellish hybrids, influenced a generation of movie directors and inspired an enduring fashion for “biomechanical” tattoos.
“My paintings seem to make the strongest impression on people who are, well, who are crazy,” Giger said in a 1979 interview with Starlog magazine. “If they like my work they are creative … or they are crazy.”