It’s sometimes funny how your first introduction to an artist is through everyday things — like album covers.
H.R. Giger (1940-2014), one of the preeminent artists of Fantastic Realism, was a Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor and set designer known for his biomechanical creatures, extraterrestrial landscapes and disturbing, though memorable, imagery of grotesque sensuality.
Giger discovered the airbrush and, along with it, his own unique freehand painting style, leading to the creation of many of his most well known works.
Giger kept a notepad next to his bed so he could sketch the terrors that rocked his uneasy sleep — nightmarish forms that could as easily have lumbered from prehistory as arrived from Mars.
Giger’s art enters the rarified realm of the near magical, and certainly the land of genius.
But this generous and humble artist avoided the limelight and rather let his work speak volumes of his mastery.
The most famous book with publications of his drawings and landscapes was the “Necronomicon” of 1977.
It was Giger’s published book Necronomicon that inspired Ridley Scott’s Alien.
His work is surrealistic, magical, detailed, and plainly gorgeous.
More of H.R. Giger‘s work can be found at http://www.hrgiger.com/ and http://visualmelt.com/H-R-Giger.
Jacek Yerka was born in Toruń, Poland, in 1952.
Yerka studied fine art and graphics prior to becoming a full-time artist in 1980.
As a child, Yerka loved to draw and make sculptures. He hated playing outside, and preferred to sit down with a pencil, creating and exploring his own world.
Yerka resisted pressures of his instructors to adopt the less detailed techniques of contemporary art and continued to work in the classic, meticulous Flemish style he still favors to this day.
He creates surrealistic compositions Based on precise painting techniques, taking pattern from former masters like Jan van Eyck or Hieronymus Bosch.
Like many artists, Yerka pulls on thoughts and memories of his past to create these marvelous artworks.
Yerka’s carefully rendered paintings (acrylics on canvas) are filled with images from the artist’s childhood, one heavily influenced by the surroundings of his home during the 1950’s, and his grandmother’s kitchen, where he spent much of his time.
According to Yerka, “My greatest source of inspiration is always (and I bet will be) my childhood souvenirs – that places, remembered feelings, fragrances and technique of 1950s .”
More of Jacek Yerka‘s wonderful art can be found at the Morpheus Gallery and at his website http://www.yerkaland.com/.
Mihai Criste (1975-) is a creative Romanian artist who is fascinated by abstraction, mystery and surrealism.
His paintings are complex and simple at the same time.
. Inspired by famous surrealists like Dali and Magritte, Criste soon found that he would need to move beyond their influences in order to truly find his own unique style of painting.
The oustanding precision with which Mihai paints his surealistic works is absolutely fascinating and immediately catches the recipients attention.
Mixing an uncanny eye on the themes of nature, Mahai is able to bring his work into the third dimension, allowing us to see all angles of several worlds at one time.
Criste explains his work this way: “My senses and seminification work together with my technical knowledge, which allows me to transcend my training into surrealistic creations.”
You can fnd more of Mihai Criste‘s amazing art at his facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/mihaicriste.surrealism, or at http://www.cuded.com/2012/01/surreal-paintings-by-mihai-criste/.