While Swiss surrealist artist H. R. Giger is the man who gets the credit for designing the phallus headed Alien from the classic movie franchise it seems that his 1976 creation has come under dispute by an internet user named Zhao from China.
Discovering this below painting at a Beijing flea market, it shows a horde of Aliens, is said to predate Giger’s design and is believed to be the work of influential Chinese artist Qi Baishi who died in 1957, years before Gigers famous Necronomicon saw print.
So assuming Zhao isn’t just doing a nice bit of fraud to make some cashy money that would mean this work does indeed predate Giger and throws the whole Alien origin open to a new progenitor.
Biashi’s was noted for his fine brushwork, but also for his work focuses on flowers, insects, animals, and sea creatures like shrimp, and while this whole hoohah has stirred up controversy to the point of getting China’s National Museum involved on Zhao’s microblogging site, not even the CNM has been able to confirm it, saying:
“The mixing of water colors and science fiction is truly a sight to behold.”
What a ballywell mystery, eh? Get Sherlock on the job ASAP!
Source: KotakuTags: alien, h r giger, qi baishi, zhao