Let me start by saying,
THIS IS NOT A PRINTED POSTER!!!
THIS IS AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF ART!!!
There seemed to be a lot going on in the DFW area this weekend... a HUGE gun show, a well-known food fest, and the biggest every Dallas Comic Con. So the vendors at the Cotton Bowl Trade Days (a flea market-y kind of event) were a little more than upset with the WEAK turnout for the weekend. My wife and I went Sunday (yesterday) after having spent Saturday Estate Sailing (sic). This beautiful piece (though it has a couple of blemishes here and there, but nothing I can't photoshop easily) cost me a sum total of $40. YES! JUST FORTY DOLLARS!
The name of the artist who signed it doesn't seem to produce any answers for me as to its origins after some Google searching. But a little digging did give me one theory on who it might be. If it's who I think it is, it was most likely done in the late 70s/early 80s as a student or portfolio piece before he embarked upon a 25-year stint as an industrial stylist/concept artist. I'm going to reach out today and see if he can confirm my theory.
UPDATE (05.19.14; 10:15 CST): Just received an email and confirmed my theory. The artist is Steve Ferrerio and it was done while he was studying at the Art Center of Pasadena in the late 70s. Ferrerio went on to become a stylist for Chrysler for 25 years, and did the exterior design for the "star car" of the TV series Viper. Ferrerio is now an independent artist in the Detroit area.