The art of H.R. Giger

Giger painting

(Above) H.R. Giger’s 1976 lithograph Necronom IV, which served as the inspiration for the titular creature in Ridley Scott’s Alien.

“Giger’s work disturbs us, spooks us, because of its enormous evolutionary time-span. It shows us, all too clearly, where we came from and where we are going.” – Timothy Leary, from his 1981 foreword for H.R Giger’s book NY City

Behind the Scenes on the set of Alien

Alien Concept Art

Other Film Work

Non-Film Related Art

Sources: BFI, The Guardian, Deviant Art, Screencrush, Viki Secrets,, Cinephilia and Beyond. Material also comes from issues of Cinefex, Cinefantastique and Starlog available to download via Cinephilia and Beyond’s vast archive of material.

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