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Approaching the anniversary of his passing, we are going to take a look at the revolutionary work of artist H.R. Giger, and the style his work gave birth to- Biomechanical Art.

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Born in 1940 in Switzerland, Hans Rudolf “Ruedi” Giger, known to most as simply H.R. Giger, gained early success with his art at the end of the 1960’s, via production of posters featuring his art.

His unique style was one of stark surrealism, in which he usually depicted the intimate fusing of mechanical features or parts to distinctly biological components or beings. Giger’s compositions were usually desaturated or completely monochromatic, and the scenes were often emtionally (and visually) dark. This approach resulted in evocative, often bizarre, sometimes disturbing imagery in his paintings.


The visceral style of H.R. Giger strikes a deep and distinct chord. It presents us with universally familiar elements, yet portrayed in an unearthly context. It creates a deep resonance with its audience, regardless of whether the reaction to it is positive or negative. His creations and their lasting impact have had a great deal of influence on many artists in their own work, whether they realize it or not.

Given the style of artwork produced here at Killer Paint, it is not surprising to find some Giger-esque artwork here at the shop from time to time.

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Such designs have been created for customer jobs, side projects, and even television appearances. Mike even designed some Freehand Templates designed specifically for doing biomech artwork

An episode of “Payback” with the rock band Korn focused on an automotive project featuring biomech-influenced elements and artwork on the project. You may even recall the “Under Pressure” episode of “Rides”, in which both cars for the painting competition were painted with a biomechanical theme.

Using Giger inspired elements on vehicles both large and small works very well, and there are many ways that biomech artwork can be worked into the paint design. A number of color palettes can be applied effectively to these designs, or just done in monotone grays. The density of the composition can be varied as well, all the way from a few sparse elements to a super-dense layout, packed with visual components.

H.R. Giger was a mad genius of sorts, and brought something entirely new to the table with his work. People will probably likely feel the effect of H.R. Giger’s art for many years to come- the ripples of the creative splash he made in the world of art before he left it.

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We hope you enjoyed this post.  Let us know if there is anything you would like to see us post here in the future!


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Maybe this project gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, refrigerator, etc?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Official Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

The Official H.R. Giger Website: www.hrgiger.com

Killer Paint videos on YouTube

Biomech FX “Skull Buster” templates at Coast Airbrush: http://www.coastairbrush.com/proddetail.asp?prod=Biomech_FX_Skull_Buster_Set

Biomech FX “Spinal Trap” templates at Coast Airbrush: http://www.coastairbrush.com/proddetail.asp?prod=Biomech_FX_Spinal_Tap_Set

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Blog Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

Killer Grunge FX™ Spray at Coast Airbrush: https://www.coastairbrush.com/products.asp?cat=789

Grunge FX™ Tutorial Video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96hjkbrwprA

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

True Fire™ Freehand Templates: Artool Freehand Airbrush Templates, True Fire Template Set

House of Kolor Official Website: www.houseofkolor.com -The preferred paint of Mike Lavallee & Killer Paint

 

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This episode of “Rides” (Season 4, Episode 3) originally aired August 9, 2005.

For this show, Mike was tasked to go head-to-head on a painting challenge with California airbrush artist Yvonne Mecialis. Each would receive a silver Pontiac G6 to paint, and only a week to do it!

Afterward, both cars would be brought together to determine whose brush was mightiest!

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Mike decided that the car would get a biomechanical look, a la H.R. Giger, fused with an ancient Egyptian theme.

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First, the car was covered bumper to bumper with biomech elements and hieroglyphs, with a Pharaoh dominating the hood. Small “Easter eggs” and other hidden nods/homages were scattered throughout the design. Airbrushes and Killer Paint’s skull logo were placed amongst the symbols, and the scarab used in the House of Kolor paint logo was incorporated as well.

DSCN2504BAt this point, covered in elaborate silver biomech designs, the car looks like a job well done. However, what came next made some viewers’ jaws drop. Much of this design was now to be painted over!

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The car was masked off with an array of tears and shreds, and then painted blue… leaving the elaborate biomech elements peeking out, revealed only where the paint areas appeared to peel away. Shading and painted peeling effects added depth to the multilayer effect. A portrait of Mike’s competition Yvonne, is on the trunk lid in back.

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Here are some more details in the finished paint job. A mechanical spine is revealed on the roof, and some of the hieroglyphs on the hood.

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Once the car is done, it is sent off to the site of the showdown…

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…where the competition is waiting.

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Yvonne’s car also has a biomech flavor, and possibly some inspiration from the 1927 Sci-Fi classic “Metropolis.” She incorporated bright swooshes of color into her design as well.

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In the end, the show’s producers decided that they couldn’t determine a clear winner, and declared the showdown a draw. Everybody wins!

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Unfortunately though, the two cars painted for this competition were not production models. They were not issued VIN numbers, and were not street legal. As such, they were scheduled to be destroyed after the show wrapped. Some removable parts from the car were saved and brought back to Killer Paint before its final demise.

The hood featuring the biomech Pharaoh is still hanging on the wall of the Killer Paint shop as of this posting.

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Did you see this show when it originally aired? What did you think of the competition, and what was your favorite part of this project? Let us know in the comments!

Also tell us if there is anything you would like to see posted here in the future.

Oh! and Here is a bonus Wallpaper image featuring the Biomech G6 as well. Enjoy!

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We hope you enjoyed taking a look back at this project. Let us know if there is anything you would like to see us post here in the future!


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Maybe this project gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, refrigerator, etc?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Official Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Blog Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

Killer Grunge FX™ Spray at Coast Airbrush: https://www.coastairbrush.com/products.asp?cat=789

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

Biomech FX™ Spinal Trap™ Freehand Templates : Artool Freehand Airbrush Templates, Biomech Spinal Trap

Killer Paint on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/killerpaint1033/