Artist of the moment…….Hans Rudolf Giger

Hans Rudolf Giger is a Swiss sculptor and Surrealist painter born in 1940 in the city of Chur, Switzerland.  Giger is renown for his very modern versions of the figure and also for his depictions of aliens. He was a co-producer of the movie alien and for his work even won an Oscar for working on the movie. Giger is both a superb draughstman and sculptor. For his drawings some themes are aliens, dolls, and toys.

Some examples of Hans Giger and aliens in this clip.

For his collegiate studies Giger went to Zurich, Switzerland where he attended the Applied School of Applied Arts where he learned about industrial design and architecture.

His father was a chemist and wanted his son to study pharmaceuticals because he didn’t think there was any money to be made with art.

For many years his chosen medium was the airbrush. Now he works a great deal with ink.

A link to the artist’s own personal website: http://www.hrgiger.com/

For most of his life Giger has been bothered with night terrors. To me this gives his work a deathly or sinister look. When I first saw some darker works by Giger it reminded me of the great painter Edvard Munch and his famous painting the Scream. Both have a very emotional aspect in their depictions of the figure. Below is the Scream by Edvard Munch.

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Giger has used also used  his skills to design furniture and also theater/ movie set design. As a movie producer, artist, and sculptor it appears Giger never runs out of enthusiasm or ideas to conquer!

An interview with the artist and a quick visit to his museum located in Gruyere, Switzerland. We visit his bar.

Price range information: Prints and silkscreens can be found between $500 and $2,000. Original acrylic paintings can fetch between $4,000 and $50,000. Sculptures are priced $2,000 to $6,000.

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