a) A missing concept painting
a.i) Ever since having seen the painting of the Alien landscape and noticed the detail of the dead space jockey, I wondered if Giger had done any other drawings or paintings to explore further this thing.
Over time I began
to wonder about a painting that Ridley Scott is seen standing in front
of in photographs together with Giger and Gordon Carroll standing
together as seen on page 12 of the book Giger's Alien
- Giger: I finished the requested picture, Alien No. 385 of astronaut on landscape , + Detail No.386 (unfinished) (Giger's Alien Diaries,May 15th to 17th , 1978 p173,)
- Giger: Scott doesn't like the details of the skeleton. I have to rework the image. (Giger's Alien Diaries, May 18th , 1978 p173)
|photo from Giger's Alien, p12|
a.ii) Photograph turns up at Propstore
Later, a photograph came up in a Propstore auction in December 2019 with HR Giger and Gordon Carroll standing either side of it (see top of page for full image)
The image provided on the internet was low in resolution.Meanwhile the painting only shows up in the background of one known photograph, with Gordon Carroll standing in front of the right side of the piece that looks as if it hadn't yet been painted in..
b) Questions about the painting
For some time, the image was only partially visible in a photograph with HR Giger, Ridley Scott and Gordon Caroll standing in front of it, as seen on page 12 of the book Giger's Alien,
It's hard for me to say what Giger was planning to do with this painting.Was he creating a study for the Space Jockey sculpture as seen from a perspective view of the thing sitting in the chair in the pilot chamber?
I have some ideas about what I am looking at but indeed I would like to see a photograph of the painting in detail to make any further assumptions
|Dead alien astronaut sketch from Giger's Alien Diaries |
with one visible lower limb with an almost blade like foot
b.i) The two images side by side.
c.ii) The two images side by side.
The head and the arm in the foreground, along with the position of the chest match up enough, along with the general idea of the back of the chair