Edward Fuglø (1965): Colony. 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 160 x 475 cm. Dansk-Færøsk Kulturfond
The painting possesses the simplicity and impact of a poster - and the subtlety of a painting. The expression hovers between photographic naturalism in the portrayal of the gannets' heads and the patterned silhouette effect of their suits.
The gannet is the largest bird of the Faroe Islands, and here they appear in closed rank with pointed beaks like a forest of spears. In their formal suits the gannets appear as a phalanx of power with the alpha male in front. The suit has replaced the military dress uniform as a power symbol.
And then there is the ambiguous title - not in Faroese, but in English as a hint to its universal message. In this bird colony it is all about power, about those in command - the power elite.