Necronom V is a photorealist copy of HR Giger’s painting.
It is ink on artboard.
The dimensions are of the actual artwork are 51cmx63cmx1cm.
It is sold unframed.

$500

The story behind Necronom V

I first saw the artwork of Hans Ruedi Giger in an American magazine called Omni (November 1978). His work had the most profound influence on my younger self. What stood was that his wild and dark imagination spat out these incredibly bizarre biological and somewhat mechanical forms that were masterfully painted with an airbrush. The Swiss surrealist painter's imagery (and specifically Necronom V) was to be soon used as the basis for the Alien in Ridley Scott's film of the same name. A few years later, my local library had some of the large format art books with Giger's art; and I spent many hours devouring the incredibly complex compositions.

Like any other teenager of this time, I had posters on my wall. And I desperately wanted one of Necronom V, which for me, was an absolute masterpiece. There were a few posters available but not of this particular painting.

Fast forward to when I was around twenty-seven years old; I decided I would copy the great man's artwork. I had purchased an airbrush, the inks, frisket masking film, french curves, etc. and learned some necessary skills with this difficult to use instrument. Using a grid transfer method (drawn over a photocopy of the libraries Giger book), I created my ideal poster for my bedroom wall. Along the way, I found that my slightly reduced scale compared to the original (which can be seen here) made it quite a challenge for someone who's airbrush skills were at a basic level. So undaunted, I finished by painting it in with brushes. And never looked back. I discarded the airbrush as a tool due to its limitations, challenging nature to use, and the required constant cleaning.

One of the other things I loved about H.R. Giger was something he said about the art industry. He spoke of the corrupt nature of the art world, and the people in it he called them art whores. Since that time, his comments have become for me quite profoundly true.

Additional information

Weight5 kg
Dimensions1 × 51 × 63 cm
Framed

No

Materials

Ink on artboard

Varnished

No

Year Painted

1995

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