Ezra Bailey was born in Manchester in 1983. In 2005 he gained a BA in Fine Art (Sculpture) 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. His work focuses on the natural qualities of the material, exploring fragility and strength, and often passing light through a piece to emphasise its innate properties.
The majority of my work focuses on the natural properties of stone, exploring its fragility and strength, often using light to pass through or reflect emphasizing these qualities. I choose familiar subjects that already perfectly display the relationship between fragility and strength e.g. eggs and cobwebs.
I am currently continuing this exploration and experimentation with a range of stone, with scale and technique, whilst at the same time working through new ideas that have evolved from this process.