Leilani Roosman




I play with colour, space, rhythm and time

To light up the eye and the wintry mind
Clarity and light of remembered times
Distilled in colour and described in rhymes
Some untitled, some have names
Sold loose-leaf or sold in frames
Bright and playful like this poem
So buy one now and take it home!



BA (Hons) Graphic Design - Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design - 1994 to 1997

Foundation Diploma in Art & Design - Middlesex University - 1993 to 1994

BA (Asian Studies) - Australian National University - 1981 to 1984


Born in Hawaii and of Javanese heritage, Leilani Roosman's early life was informed by a multitude of cultural influences. Indonesia, the US, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Australia were among the countries her family lived in. As an adult, she lived and worked in China, Hong Kong and the US before moving to London in 1993 to study illustration.

Since graduating from Central Saint Martins in 1997, she has produced work for sale and exhibition. In 2000, she was commissioned by The Strand gallery in Aldeburgh to produce a series of collages based on the operas Peter Grimes and Arlecchino, both of which were performed at the Aldeburgh Festival that year.

The cultures and colours of her countries of childhood continue to exert a strong influence on her art.  She now lives in London with her husband.


Exhibition History

2014 JulyEast Finchley Artists' Open House
2014 JuneN12 Artists at The Bohemia
2013 DecN12 Artists at The Arts Depot
2012 JulyFaircharm Fair Deptford
2009 MayCafe Seventy Nine
2009 FebHampstead Tea Rooms
2002 JulyVital Arts at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London
2002 JuneMade in Clerkenwell, London (Open Studio Event)
2000 JuneThe Strand Gallery, Aldeburgh
1999 NovHidden Art, London (Open Studio Event)
1997 JuneCentral Saint Martins Degree Show, London
1997 AprilInstitute of Contemporary Arts, London (ICA Interaction)