Where do you begin to write a decent account of this Swiss born eccentric, fanatic, and exotic oil painter? He is all that, as well as an Oscar winner, sculptor, furniture designer and art director. He’s responsible for bringing us the original movie creature in Alien from that very series, which alone has spawned six of these plots on Cinemax today. And if that were not enough to fill anyone’s plate, he owns his own museum, has built three websites with his wife’s help, in which he directs the proceedings in all of them – telling everyone what to do, and how to do it. Gee, ever stop and wonder what this old boy does after lunch? Then he somehow found time in that busy schedule to lead and direct at least 4 long music videos of Debbie Harry in her solo album, where his spooky strange art was the continuous backdrop. And on those days he wasn’t too busy, found time to design several outright scandalous LP covers; one for a band called Korn. During that very work, he easily found time to design a sexually graphic mike stand holder for their lead singer as well as doing the graphic design art for Emerson Lake and Palmer’s 1970’s top ten album. Even though he’s almost a 70 year old man now, is not even talking about slowing down.

Love him, hate him, or just admire the man, you have to admit he’s got more stamina than most men half his age and on steroids. Right from the beginning, starting as a young artist in the mid 50’s, he shocked the art world with his first masterpiece which he called, Necronomicon 1, a very sexual, eerie painting which according to Giger’s own words “was easy to paint, just had to bring my darkest nightmares to life.”

Where most of us wake up from a nightmare and want to forget it, this egocentric artist chooses to paint his for the world to see. Talk about your druthers huh? So once he had the attention of the so called art society experts, he continued producing oil after oil, each one more graphic than the last, sending them reeling for aspirin, and gaining more notoriety. In some venues like the Louvre and others he was ostracized by his peers.

In 1966, against everybody’s advice, he started staging his own art shows, mocking those who were so critical of him in his own venue – his chateau. Here he could combine his art; he painted a slew of oils including Necronomicon 2 based on more sexual graphic nightmares, continued his furniture designing, and staged in the darker side to it all. He must have saved a ton of money on electricity too as the floors he used were somber and dark, with the sun providing the only lighting. Just think solar power before the rest of the world even heard of it. His friends, foes, and critics came in droves, and many began (without peer influence), to grasp some of Giger’s works, praising them, adding to the reputation of a legend in the making. In the 80’s he designed his macabre dinosaurian museum in Switzerland.

As he continued to age, he was never to overcome his fear of flying. When Ridley Scott, the director of the movie Alien, decided he wanted to meet this artist personally, he drove all the way from London, England to Gruyères, Switzerland, in the mountains, to find Giger and offer him the job of creating his movie monster of fame. This became Giger’s signature piece and the thing up close can still give you the willies.

When the web came along, Giger hired his own wife who, with his professional hand, designed a website that could scare the stoutest soul. Dark, macabre, and very graphic like everything he owns and does, it soon gained a Goth following which has led to two more similar sites which he created from scratch—his wife then designed a way that it could be viewed entirely in English and in German.

He was soon approached by rocker Debbie Harry of Blondie fame to draw some art for her soon-to-be released forthcoming solo album. He offered her his complete museum to choose from, providing it would pass censorship. She chose Necronomicon 1 and 2 and wanted a personal image of her with a spear in the head type effect. Whatever happened to LPs with Grandma Moses anyway? He designed a frightful painting of her head literally covered with arrows going through her at all angles. Obviously, with his recommendation, this became her album cover. While the meeting was taking place, he jokingly said, he would like to direct her music video if she would let him. She agreed to it knowing that he had no experience doing one before. Agreeing his museum would be the backdrop he directed four of her videos on that album plus creating the album cover. Not bad for one day’s work.

Now in his 70’s he still directs, leads and teaches his many students to find their “niche.” Oh yeah, he also finds time to personally answer every piece of mail, email, criticism or praise he gets. Whether or not you can handle this man’s artwork, at least like the strange eccentric old bird as a man, will you?

adjective dziwny, niesamowity, pełen grozy (np. miejsce, atmosfera itp.)

noun miejsce spotkania, punkt zborny (np. uczestników zlotu, koncertu rockowego itp.) ; miejsce konkretnego wydarzenia

I verb transitive wyśmiewać + sb/sth – kogoś/coś ; oszukiwać, wprowadzać w błąd + sb – kogoś ; przedrzeźniać + sb – kogoś
II verb intransitive drwić + at sb/sth – z kogoś/czegoś
III noun wyśmiewanie, przedrzeźnianie ; obiekt kpin ; imitowanie, naśladownictwo
IV adjective udawany, symulowany, pozorowany (np. choroba, działanie) ; fałszywy (np. biżuteria, senator itp.) ; sztuczny (np. jedwab, biżuteria itp.) ; oszukańczy (np. działanie) ; zwodniczy (np. prośba)

I noun biol. ikra, skrzek ; biol. nasienie ; biol. grzybnia

II verb transitive składać (ikrę) ; rodzić (dziecko) ; płodzić (potomstwo) ; dawać początek (życia)

III verb intransitive składać ikrę ; mnożyć się (rozmnażać)

I noun nisza, wnęka (w ścianie, w skale itp.) ; ekonom. nisza rynkowa
II verb transitive umieszczać w niszy, umieszczać we wnęce
III adjective niszowy ; ekonom. dotyczący specyficznej niszy na rynku

I noun szpulka ; rolka ; kołowrotek ; film ; szpulka filmowa ; techn. cewka ; zataczanie się ; wirowanie
II verb transitive nawijać na szpulkę ; wyciągać przy pomocy kołowrotku
III verb intransitive kręcić się (np. w głowie) ; wirować (np. w tańcu) ; zataczać się (np. idąc pod wpływem alkoholu)
adjective przyzwoity (np. życie) ; skromny ; obyczajny ; porządny ; miły, sympatyczny
noun zła sława, zła reputacja ; rozgłos (głównie w znaczeniu pejoratywnym)
noun (also backcloth) kulisa , prospekt ; tło (np. historyczne)
noun (plural noun chateaus, chateaux) archit. zamek we Francji ; francuska rezydencja ziemska ; winnica
I adjective odnoszący się do dinozaurów
II noun dinozaur
I verb transitive past form of drive ; pędzić bydło (np. przez pustynię)
II noun roln. stado ; grupa, gromada (ludzi) ; grupa (podobnych rzeczy) ; wąski kanał irygacyjny
III verb intransitive być zatrudnionym jako poganiacz bydła
noun (AmE.) pot. wybór
adjective nadchodzący, zbliżający się, przyszły (np. wydarzenie, debata polityczna itp.) ; wychodzący, mający się ukazać (np. nowe wydanie encyklopedii)
I noun litera G ; slang. tysiąc dolarów
II exclamation (AmE.) pot. o kurcze!, o rany! (wyraz zaskoczenia, entuzjazmu lub współczucia)
III verb intransitive skręcać w prawo
noun muz. okładka płyty długogrającej
I noun (also mic) techn. pot. mikrofon (also mic)
II verb transitive nadawać przez mikrofon ; pot. wzmacniać za pomocą mikrofonu (np. dźwięk) ; nagłaśniać (np. wokalistę)
III verb intransitive używać mikrofonu ; mierzyć za pomocą mikrometru
verb transitive wykluczać z grupy, z towarzystwa +sb – kogoś ; prawn. skazywać na wygnanie +sb – kogoś ; skazywać na ostracyzm (towarzyski) +sb – kogoś
I adverb wprost, otwarcie, szczerze (np. odmówić przysługi, wyznać prawdę, rzucić oszczerstwa) ; zupełnie, całkowicie ; od razu, na miejscu (np. paść trupem)
II adjective otwarty, szczery (np. o postępowaniu) ; całkowity, zupełny (np. chamstwo) ; bezapelacyjny (np. mistrz), kategoryczny
noun procedura ; tok wydarzeń ; prawn. postępowanie ; protokół +of sth – czegoś ; sprawozdanie +of sth – z czegoś; (proceedings) obrady
I verb transitive past form of slay
II noun (AmE., Canad.) (also slue) pot. masa ; (also slought) bagno, moczary ; gwałtowny obrót (np. samochodu w czasie poślizgu)
III verb intransitive (AmE.) (also slue) obracać się gwałtownie (np. podczas poślizgu) ; upijać się
adjective (AmE.) (BrE. sombre) ciemny, ponury (np. dzień, wieści) ; ponury, posępny (np. humor) ; poważny
I noun włócznia, dzida ; harpun
II verb transitive przebijać włócznią, dźgać włócznią +sb/sth – kogoś/coś ; nadziewać +with sth – na coś
III verb intransitive biol. wypuszczać pędy
adjective straszny, upiorny, nawiedzony ; odnoszący się do ducha ; (AmE.) strachliwy, płochliwy
noun siły życiowe, wigor ; wytrzymałość, odporność
noun stojak (np. na wino)
noun biol. chem. steroid, steryd
adjective (superlative of stout) najmocniejszy, najpotężniejszy ; najbardziej zacięty ; najgrubszy
noun slang. pietr, strach ; nerwówka
to get/have willies pot. mieć/dostawać pietra
to give sb the willies przyprawiać kogoś o gęsią skórkę
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