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Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective

Past Exhibition
21 Jul – 28 Oct 2012
Free

"It brought back memories!" —Dowse visitor, September 2012
Lynley Dodd, Hairy Maclary. Image Courtesy of Penguin Group

Lynley Dodd, Hairy Maclary. Image Courtesy of Penguin Group

Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective installation shot by John Lake

Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective installation shot by John Lake

Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective installation shot by John Lake

Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective installation shot by John Lake

Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective installation shot by John Lake

Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective installation shot by John Lake

It's apt that Hairy Maclary was born in Lower Hutt. In 1979, while living in Lower Hutt, Dodd made a small sketch of a rather unkempt-looking dog and penned a few words underneath. These words proved to be life-changing and Hairy Maclary was born. However, the show is not just about Hairy Maclary, it's also the story of an artist.

The exhibition features sketches and drawings from many of the Hairy Maclary picture books, plus earlier works. Over five million Hairy Maclary books have been sold worldwide, with over nine million Dodd books sold overall.

Dodd has been recipient of many awards including Children's Picture Book of the Year (1984, 1986, 1988, 1992) and the Margaret Mahy Medal (1999).

Lynley Dodd (née Weeks) was born in Rotorua in 1941. Her father was a forester, meaning the family lived in small forestry settlements. Her secondary school years were spent at Tauranga College, where she was taught by Claudia Jarman (1908–86), an inspirational art teacher. In 1959 she went on to study at Elam, the University of Auckland's School of Fine Arts. And from art school, she went on to train as a secondary school art teacher at the Auckland Teachers' College. She taught at Queen Margaret College, Wellington for five years. Married with two young children, Dodd began freelance illustrating. She worked, among others, for the New Zealand Correspondence School. In the early 1970s she and a relative, Eve Sutton, collaborated on a picture book, My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes. It is still in print four decades later. Dodd also worked cartooning for newspapers in the 1970s. Then in the mid 1970s she started to write as well as illustrate. The first of her own picture books was The Nickle Nackle Tree (1976). She has written and illustrated 30 more in the years since. Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective is a touring exhibition from Tauranga Art Gallery.