HR Giger’s biomechanical surrealism revisited in epic monograph

For any HR Giger fans with an extra £650, a copy of only 1000 sumo-sized monograph’s paying homage to the infamously dark work of the Swiss artist could be yours.

Hans Ruedi Giger, known for his design as the basis of Ridley Scott’s 1979 Alien franchise, will have seven of his artworks displayed as fold-out features in the self-titled hardcover book.

The book will show the complete story of his life and art, his sculptures, film work and iconic album covers as well as work from his own artist’s museum and self-designed bar in the Swiss Alps.

The book, begun shortly before his unexpected death in 2014, not only showcases Giger’s dark and often sexually prolific art, but also offers a scholar essay on the artist by Andreas J Hirsch and an extensive artist biography that draws on contemporary quotes and Giger’s own writings.

HR Giger book cover

Giger explored fears and fantasies of the past and present, such as fear of the atom, of pollution and wasted resources, and of a future in which our bodies depend on machines for survival. 

His hybrid "biomechanical" creatures hold a haunting, often sadomasochistic science-fiction manner. His cold, harsh connection between human bodies and machines was some of the first displays of fanastic realism.

His design for Alien was inspired by his painting Necronom IV and earned him an Oscar in 1980.

He started with small ink drawings before moving onto airbrush, and eventually pastels, markers or ink – creating surreal, nightmarish dreamscapes. 

Untitled/ HR Giger

The limited collector’s edition of the book are each signed by his wife Carmen Giger and presented in a clamshell box. 

Also available are 100 copies each of two art editions, which will set you back a mighty £2,250. The first artist edition Relief + Photogravure has a ready-to-hang relief Untitled (1964) and photogravure Gebarmaschine (Second state), a 1965 version of one of Giger’s most iconic motifs, both authenticated by Carmen Giger and the HR Giger Estate.

The second art edition, Relief, has a ready-to-hang relief Untitled (1964) authenticated by Carmen Giger and the HR Giger Estate.

Gebarmaschine/ HR Giger

The largest collection of Giger's work, including paintings, sculptures, furniture and film designs, can be found at his museum in the 400-year-old historic city of Gryeres, Switzerland.

His work remains to influence tattooists, fetishes and the 1990s cyberpunk.

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