Google allows for reverse image searches now, just type the url of an image and it’ll find other pages with matching or similar images. I did that and turned up this article that explains the origin–someone in China claims to have found it at a flea market and is using it to claim that Giger stole the alien design from a Chinese artist.
Just wanted to offer another translation, which is similar, but offers a few different perspectives:
It will be interesting to learn who Qi Baishi is and what his painting might have meant but ultimately, I just want a big ol’ poster of them ink-washed xenomorphs!
The most absurd contention of the story is the idea that you could find a painting by Qi Baishi at a Beijing flea market. His least expensive daubs go for tens of thousands: http://www.findartinfo.com/search/listprices.asp?keyword=88002
This was thoroughly debunked months ago.
The aliens in the pic are based on Aliens in the later films (not Giger’s original xenomorph)
And the image bares distinctive traces of Adobe, (not even a real ink drawing)
It is fun though!
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