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Graphic Artist, Hollywood Inspiration, Moebius Dies at 73

Jean Giraud, the graphic artist also known as Moebius, died over the weekend at the age of 73 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Giraud’s sci-fi, alien landscapes were popular in Hollywood and the artist served as a consultant on a number of films–including Ridley Scott‘s Alien, Steven Lisberger‘s original Tron and The Fifth Element among others.

More from the LA Times:

Even as Giraud’s productivity narrowed in recent years, his stature in the creative community seemed to grow as young illustrators, digital artists and video game designers looked to his work as a key compass point. In October 2010 the Fondation Cartier Pour L’Art Contemporain in Paris launched a lavish five-month exhibit of Giraud’s work that included small, humble sketches and majestic wall-sized pieces.

The artist visited Los Angeles while the exhibit was underway and, in an interview with The Times, said he couldn’t put a name to the restless nature of his imagination or the persistent disdain for repeating his past accomplishments.

“I have no explanation, but I am interested in being alive.… Art is the big door, but real life is a lot of small doors that you must pass through to create something new,” he said.

“You don’t always need to go far. If you are in the space station Mir and you need to fix something, you go outside, but not too far. If you travel too far you’ll die. Outer space is not human, but you can visit. You need to be a little bit out there but you need to stay close to human.”

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