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Artist Research Paper

H.R. Giger

A regular renissance man of the 20th century Hans Rudolf Giger, best known as H.R. Giger, challenged himself in many mediums to become the world renowned artist best known for his Oscar winning movie Alien, 1980.  Giger has dabbled with all types of media, and he has not limited himself to art alone;  he has also written several books, and designed a few bars.  The most interesting aspect of Giger is undoubtably his style, which can only be described as Fantastic Realism.  He creates beautiful biomechanical dreamscapes, architecture, furniture, and visual effects.  H.R. Giger revolutionized what is considered art in the 20th century, and his influence is still seen today.  Giger’s influence can be seen the strongest in two main areas, his two-dimensional paintings and his video works/visual effects.

To begin, H.R. Giger’s journey into two-dimensional artworks are incredibly unique.  Like any great artist, Giger’s creativity took him places never seen before; for example, his work with airbrushing and freehand painting produced some of his most well known works of art.  The piece Birthmachine is a great example of artwork that was produced with this mixed media style.  In Birthmachine Giger makes use of two of his most iconic techniques: his attention to create such realistic detail, and his monochromatic color schemes with dramatic shadowing.  These aesthetics that Giger chose work perfectly with the theme of the work.  Birthmachine is a social commentary piece that was inspired by the second world war, as well as the growing problem of overpopulation.  The piece is a metaphor for the way certain cultures are willing to take a life just as easy as they bring a new one into the world.  The dark choice of color in this, and many of his other pieces of art evoke emotions of a dark depression.

The second main artistic influence that Giger gave to the world is his work with visual effects.  H.R. Giger is the man that single handedly changed the horror movie genre with his Oscar winning work on the 1980 flick Alien.  His artistic genius paved the way for the art genre that came to be known as Fantastic Realism, and it was titled that for a reason.  During the time, the realistic look of his Alien creature was unprecedented.  Not to mention his third book, Necronomicon was the visual inspiration for the movie.  Giger’s visions helped to create all of the different stages of life form for the Alien, as well as the otherworldly set in the movie.  All of these features combined to create a setting that resonates in movies today.  The best example of this is the recently released Alien V. Predator where Giger’s character is still truckin’ along to scare the shit out of another generation of teenagers.

All in all, Hans Rudolf Giger had a vision all his own; and his vision led him to create some of the most interesting and unique artwork of the 20th century.  His gory style has influenced countless number of other artists as well as film creators.  The one thing that still sets Giger apart from his other followers is his desire to express his beliefs in his artwork, as well as freaking his audience out.  The genre of fantastic realism that he helped pioneer is still going strong today, touching everything from the film industry to painters alike.  One thing is for certain…H.R. Giger’s influence will not soon be forgotten.

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