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Painting Norway FEBRUARY 2016

'The Norwegian artist you’ve never heard of but will never forget.'

"He should be as famous as Edvard Munch, but the world seems to have forgotten him – until now" - Jonathan Jones, The Guardian

"The Norwegian artist you’ve never heard of but will never forget" - Maev Kennedy, The Guardian

‘When you see Astrup’s enchanting pictures of fjords, mountains, meadows of marsh marigolds and midsummer-night bonfires you’ll immediately fall for their subtle blend of mysticism, sex, longing and anguish.’ – Time Out, London
Jølster in Norway was Nikolai Astrup’s home and the centrepiece of his art. In Astrup’s work, Jølster breathes: it is a character, with moods and tempers, seasons of beauty and flashes of anger. Through painting and printmaking, the artist conveys a series of unique impressions of the area, capturing its beating heart, the spirit of its people, the richness and depth of the local mythology.
Astrup saw the landscape in a way that many people did not: as a living creature, shifting and changing, living and dying with the seasons.  Branches scraping at the belly of the sky were not just wood, but the arms of a troll reaching up towards the sun. A mountain, lying resplendent under the high summer sun, was not just a jumble of stone but an Ice Queen watching over humans who scurried like ants in her shadow. 
Astrup is beloved in his native Norway, meriting comparisons with his great contemporary Edvard Munch, but to date he has been little known in the wider world. To change this, Astrup’s artwork is going on tour. The beauty of Jølster – its magic and its wonder – will arrive at The Dulwich Picture Gallery from 5th Febuary to 15th May. From there it will travel on to Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway, and Kunsthalle Emden, Germany.  
Scala’s book, published to accompany the exhibition, includes a series of essays to illuminate Astrup’s remarkable life and art. Open it up, and let the spirits of Jølster reach out and tug you into another world. 

Scala 2016 Catalogue JANUARY 2016

Available in digital form

We are delighted to announce that our 2016 catalogue is now available in digital form, and the physical copies of it will arrive at the end of February
Our 2016 list is one of our best to date, featuring a wide array of publications from every corner of the globe, from the hustle and bustle of New York to the idyllic Cayman Islands; from the metropolis of Singapore to the illustrious Copenhagen. This year, we are particularly excited about our important catalogue on Picasso’s Great War period, fascinating new guides to Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral and the six new titles in our celebrated Director’s Choice series.
Whether you want to capture the essence of a heritage site in two dozen pages, or expand on the oeuvre of an artist in a beautiful, elegant hardback, please get in touch to see how your institution can benefit from our experience. 

Senior Editor job available JANUARY 2016

Great opportunity to work on arts and heritage books

Scala is seeking a Senior Editor to oversee a wide range of our arts and heritage titles.

This is an excellent opportunity to work on books for many of the world’s leading arts and heritage organisations, and would suit someone with experience of editing colour illustrated books in the publishing industry.

This position is full-time, for a fixed-term 18-month contract. The closing date for applications is Monday 1 February 2016.

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