Perhaps the most famous artworks from the late 20th century are those of H.R. Giger. Though perhaps not as well known as some other artists, he has had his work featured in several of the most successful science fiction and horror films ever released, including “Alien” (1979), “Aliens” (1986), and “Alien 3” (1992).
Giger’s paintings and sculptures embody a dark eroticism that is seldom seen in other forms of art. He explains that his influences come from dreams and nightmares, and indeed, many of his works look like they have either been dreamed or are nightmares themselves. His work has been described as surrealistic, but it doesn’t really fit into that category.
Giger’s illustration style is often compared to Salvador Dali, though he actually disliked Dali’s work. In fact, Giger preferred to be called a Surrealist, but even this label was not enough for him. He stated that he would rather call himself an “Alien Artist”. He claimed this title because his interest in space travel allowed him to create truly alien forms and ideas, which no one else could think of doing at the time.
The artist produced a small number of sculptures in the 1970s and 1980s, although
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