A telltale sign of a great artist is when you immediately recognize their work for its aesthetic values and style. Another sign is when their work can be found impacting other mediums of creativity. For these reasons, I consider H.R. Giger to be one of the greatest contemporary artists. His compelling, moody, futuristic visions have been inspiration for films, music videos, comic books, sculpture, and even interior design. Drawing upon European industrial design, the science fiction and horror genres, and his own aesthetic style often referred to as “bio-mechanical”, Giger has created an often unique and always unsettling oeuvre of his own. His artwork is a reminder of the fragility of the human condition as we become more emotionally inert, intellectually mechanical, hyper-sexual, and brutal in our way of living. Many of his works are dark provocations or surrealistic commentaries on eroticism, war, technology, and dehumanization. Some have called his creations monstrous or disgusting, and one could argue this to be true, but they are frighteningly reflective of the modern world in which we live, making them both timeless and beautiful.