2014 saw the tragic loss of legendary artist H. R. Giger, whose nightmarish dreamscapes and "biomechanical" visions inspired Alien's Xenomorph and earned him an Academy Award for special effects. His style represented bodies and machines intertwining in cold, haunting partnerships, and has been praised the world over for his surrealist airbushing and ink work.
None have praised him more, however, than Alien director Sir Ridley Scott, for Giger's original designs for the film are perhaps more chilling than the movie itself. On the artist's passing, Scott said:
“Giger’s designs were an especially unique experience for the audience. The world had simply never seen anything like that before. His work contributed significantly to the success of the film. His warm personality, incredible generosity, and sharp sense of humor, were in stark contrast with the universe he depicted in his art."
Although many interpret Giger's works as representations and predictions of a future world. He once explained that his creative prompts are very much rooted in reality:
“Some people would say my paintings show a future world and maybe they do, but I paint from reality. If people want to interpret my work as warnings about too much overpopulation, disease and mechanization in the future, then that is up to them. I like to combine human beings, creatures and biomechanics. And I love to work with bones - they are elemental and function and, after all, are part of human beings."
In the run up to the next movie in the Alien franchise, Alien: Covenant — which is set to hit earth August 4, 2017 — the official Alien Facebook page posted the above image in a teaser of what we can expect. And, among the "better worlds" and Biblical myths, hopefully we'll see many more references to Giger's awesome artwork, like the ones below: