Giger's multi-faceted career

From surrealistic dream landscapes, to album cover designs, and sculpture

For the last three decades H.R. Giger has reigned as one of the leading exponents of fantastic art. Born in Chur, Switzerland, in 1940, he studied interior and industrial design for eight years at the School of Commercial Art in Zurich (1962-1970), but was soon gaining attention as an independent artist, with endeavors ranging from surrealistic dream landscapes created with a spray gun and stencils, to album cover designs for famous pop stars, and sculpture.

In addition, Giger’s multi-faceted career includes designing two bars, located in Tokyo and Chur, as well as work on various film projects - his creation of the set design and title figure for Ridley Scott’s film Alien won him not only international fame but also an Oscar for Best Achievement for Visual Effects (1980).

"The more famous I get, the more I am tolerated, albeit with some head-shaking."
H.R. Giger
About the Series:
Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art Series features:
  • a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
  • a concise biography
  • approximately 100 colour illustrations with explanatory captions
HR Giger Arh+ (Basic Art Series)

HR Giger Arh+

Softcover with flaps, 7.3 x 9.1 in., 96 pages
$ 9.99
Edition: English
Availability: In Stock
  • Reviews
"There have been several collections of Giger’s work, and it can be difficult to know where to start to get a good primer. This is where HR Giger Arh+ comes in, serving as a great introduction to a wide range of works covering several decades."
—, United Kingdom
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Giger. Hologramm (Collector's Edition)
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Hardcover in box, 9.4 x 11.7 in., 240 pages
$ 4,500

Limited Artist’s Edition of 23 copies worldwide, including an illuminated steel frame with inset reflection hologram
www HR Giger com (Collector's Edition)
Few left www HR Giger com
Hardcover in clamshell box, 9.4 x 11.7 in., 240 pages
$ 700

The authentic voice of the master of fantastic art. Limited edition of 277 copies, including a numbered and signed fold-out print