This poster was created for the Anniversary Exhibition of Printmaking from the Royal College of Art held at the Barbican Centre 4 June - 19 July 1987.
The poster reproduces Hockney's 'Diploma Print' of 1962, an image Hockney conceived in London at The Royal College of Art which withheld his diploma for failing to satisfy the requirements of the General Studies Department. Hockney then produced his own parody of this requisite. In the image he frames the College Rector, Robin Darwin, with two faces, upheld by the tutor of the General Studies Department, who in turn is being pursued by the monstrous maw of the Registrar, John Moon. Bent under the weight of these bureaucrats are the students, seen below the frame at the bottom of the picture. Hockney did subsequently receive his diploma, as well as the gold medal for painting that year.
Size: 76 x 51 cm