Examining the natural properties of stone and exploring its fragility and strength, Ezra Bailey’s works possess a sense of mystery and simplicity. Using Carrara marble, Ezra carves an object that perfectly displays this relationship – the delicate form of an egg. The eggshells are embossed with gold leaf, cracked open to reveal their dazzling golden contents. In his other pieces, Ezra carves detailed and surreal landscapes into slate. Solitary figures stand or sit, looking out across glass lakes or staring down a precipice. Unusual and beguiling, Ezra’s works convey a strange and enigmatic energy engaging the viewer with questions about life and relationships.
Ezra was born in Manchester in 1983. In 2005 he gained a BA in Fine Art at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds. To extend and deepen his understanding of working with stone, he completed a stonemasonry course in York, gaining a distinction. Ezra is now based in London, working predominantly in Carrara marble, serpentine and slate.