Today I popped into the Redcliffe library to take back a couple books I borrowed and I saw the signs for the Lynley Dodd exhibition, I thought as I have nowhere to be I would pop in and have a look. I was greeted at the door by a lovely staff member and I proceeded to walk through looking at the illustrations and reading the accompanying information.

The Lynley Dodd Story exhibition at the Redcliffe Library reveals the evolution of Dodd’s creative process and clues to her characters rise to international fame. More than 50 original illustrations including preliminary sketches, drafts and notes showcase the development of Dodd’s unique artistic style and her skilful marriage of words and illustration.

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The exibition includes the first drawing of Hairy Maclary, these drawings have been described as an “animated bottlebrush”. Hairy Maclary’s scruffy look is made up exclusively of directional lines. He is as much about the spaces between the lines as the lines themselves. These original ballpoint drawings are amazing, dated 1979. Dodd revisited theses drawings in 1983 when she wrote the first Hairy Maclary book.

Many of Dodd’s characters are based on childhood pets, Slinky Malinki my favourite, is roughly based on the antics of Suu Kyi (Dodds own 17-year-old diabetic Burmese cat).

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Hairy Maclary’s Bone (c) Lynley Dodd, 1984 Courtesy of Penguin Random House and Lynley Dodd

Redcliffe Art Gallery Exhibition: The Lynley Dodd Story

The Lynley Dodd Story is an exhibition of original illustrations from the world-renowned author and illustrator of the Hairy Maclary and Friends™ book series. Showcasing 55 original artworks, this exhibition features favourite characters including Hairy Maclary, Slinky Malinki, Schnitzel von Krumm, as well as lesser known characters such as Sam Jam Balu and the Dudgeon. The Lynley Dodd Story traces the evolution of Dodd’s work revealing the magic behind her process. Discover how Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy continues to capture the hearts of young and old alike.


08 December 2017 – 17 March 2018


Monday – Saturday: 10.00am – 4.00pm


Redcliffe Art Gallery – 470-476 Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe




Redcliffe Art Gallery
Ph: (07) 5433 3811


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