RIP H.R. Giger, designer of some of entertainment's most iconic imagery

The Swiss surrealist painter and creator of the Alien monster has died

CVG was saddened to hear of the passing of Swiss surrealist painter H.R. Giger at the age of 74.


For 40 years Hans Rudolf Giger produced art that was simultaneously beautiful and disturbing, with monochromatic nightmarish dreamscapes and what he referred to as "biomechanical" figures.

But he will perhaps be best known as the man responsible for the design of the Alien, the iconic monster of the 1979 film of the same name.

Giger was also responsible for the point and click adventure game Dark Seed and its subsequent sequel. Dark Seed was one of the first ever adventure games to feature high-resolution (640x400) graphics - this was due to a request from Giger who wanted his artwork to look as detailed as possible.

CVG would like to extend its deepest condolences to the Giger family and to thank Mr Giger himself for producing such detailed, inspiring and provactive pieces of art.

Gallery: Giger's iconic work

Gallery: Dark Seed