Yin and Yang – Blue-Throated Bee-Eater and Water Buffalo
Blue-throated Bee-eaters (Merops viridis) are common from southern China through much of Southeast Asia and the Philippines. Like all bee-eaters, these birds specialize in hawking bees and other flying insects on the wing. Here, the wild and dainty bee-eater contrasts with a partially-submerged beast of burden, a domestic Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis). The composition of this painting was suggested by the Taoist Yin/Yang symbol, and is one of several paintings of mine that have been compositionally derived from religious symbols”.
– Carel Brest Van Kempen