Good Dog, 1983

Acrylic and Graphite on Paper


Rod MacKillop


Rod MacKillop was born in Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1940 and received his BA and MA from Tufts University and the Boston Museum School. An artist and teacher throughout his career, MacKillop taught at the Roxbury Latin School in Boston and was a member of the art faculty at UNC Charlotte.

Working in the figurative tradition, MacKillop’s focus on the male form graphically served as autobiographical images, archetypal symbols and vehicles for social commentary. Other figurative works incorporate the animal form, as represented in his painting, Good Dog. Using only a few free and expressive strokes in acrylic and graphite, MacKillop gives his subject a sense of movement and personality.

MacKillop’s exhibited works have shown throughout New England and the Southeast for over forty years. Notable solo and group exhibitions include shows at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Alternative Museum in New York City, Decordova Museum of North Carolina, and the Mint Museum of Art.