Gordon de la Mothe was given an OBE in 2015, primarily for services to art on the Commonwealth island of Grenada, West Indies, his birthplace. He established the teaching of art in Grenada, teaching GCSE and A Level art. The courses he began and taught have resulted in many successful young people establishing careers in the West Indies, America and Great Britain. He came to England in 1957 with a few O Levels, but worked his way up in teaching. He created the very successful series of teaching sessions which were eventually published into the seminal book Reconstructing the Black Image. The poster was commissioned by the New Initiatives Youth and Community Association (known as New Initiatives or NIYCA), and designed by Jonathan Akwue in 1992 whilst a student at art college and a member of the association.
The poster is a representation of a mural that hangs on the wall of the Centre, in Stockwell. The original mural consists of 3 panels.