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11. Ezra Bailey

Eggshell No.20

Estimate: £2,200 - 3,500

The Christmas Auction - Lot 11, Ezra Bailey, Eggshell No.20

Signed (on the base and at the bottom of the eggshell)
Carrara marble, 24ct gold leaf and slate base
23 x 14 x 48 cm.
Created in April 2019

Ezra Bailey's work is about strength and fragility and the closeness of their relationship. 

The form of the eggshell is one of natures wonders; at certain angles it is near impossible to crush, whilst at others it can crack at the lightest touch. Ezra lavishly guilds the inside of the eggshell to make precious the cracks and fragmentation of the object.

The guilt reflects the light around the object and illuminating it from within. Piercing the  egg shell allows light to flood in and to pass through this object highlighting the delicate qualities and the beauty of the material itself. 

The eggshell is sculpted in carrara marble, a prestigious stone used for centuries to create exquisite marble statues.


Fine Art (Sculpture) at Bretton Hall, Leeds University, BA (Hons) 2005.
ICA Stone Masonry (City & Guilds), York College, 2007.
Awards: DSWA Award, Dry Stone Walling, 2008.
Exhibitions include: Sculptour, Twist Art, Pheonix 2019. On Form, Delamore Arts, Ivybridge 2016 & 2019. Art at Kingham Lodge 2018. London Design Festival, 2015. Gallery Oldham, 2014.

Ezra Bailey has also worked on the installation of Andy Goldsworthy artwork at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. 


The Christmas Auction - Lot 11, Ezra Bailey, Eggshell No.20

07 Dec Dec 07

Menier Gallery, London SE1 1RU