This weekend, you've got two chances to see the delightful, abstract illustrations of local artist Jeff Fernengel. An exhibition of paintings will be unveiled Saturday at the Art Exchange. On display indefinitely is "Hammered Head," a painting inspired by Pabst Blue Ribbon, which was chosen as a finalist in the beer company's annual art contest and transformed into a giant billboard at the corner of Spring and Third streets. The easygoing dude shared more about painting, PBR and his eclectic pastimes.

This weekend, you've got two chances to see the delightful, abstract illustrations of local artist Jeff Fernengel. An exhibition of paintings will be unveiled Saturday at the Art Exchange. On display indefinitely is "Hammered Head," a painting inspired by Pabst Blue Ribbon, which was chosen as a finalist in the beer company's annual art contest and transformed into a giant billboard at the corner of Spring and Third streets. The easygoing dude shared more about painting, PBR and his eclectic pastimes.

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Name: Jeff Fernengel

Age: 31

Day job: Man of leisure

Neighborhood: Italian Village

Alma mater: Ohio State University

Hometown: Strongsville

Besides being an artist, I'm a man of leisure. Sometimes I cut lawns for my landlord. I bartend at Carabar occasionally. I teach driving lessons occasionally.

As part of my man of leisure job, I sit at coffee shops and just draw in notebooks. Whenever I'm bored, I just kind of doodle. I think there's an insane world inside my head that comes out on paper.

I actually do a lot of commissions. People with pugs or cat people like to get themselves with their cats or dogs. Then people make bizarre requests, like, "Do something with a squid, a parrot surfing and, I don't know, just for the hell of it, throw a horse in there."

As a kid, I was obsessed with dinosaurs, fish and sharks. My dad works for an automatic sprinkler-system company, and they had these huge blueprints of the sprinkler systems at all these buildings. On one side's a blueprint; the other side's just plain white. They'd stack those up in my room, and I'd just draw dinosaurs and sharks over and over.

In first grade, I even tried to change my name to Tiger Shark. I would write it on my papers, and my teacher called my mom.

Three things I can't live without are pizza, chocolate-chip cookies and iced coffee. I should say water, shelter, fire.

Last year, I illustrated a children's book. It's called Sammy's Birthday Surprise. My friend Doug Esper wrote it. He actually goes to elementary schools and reads the book. We're doing it really underground, low-budget.

Seeing "Hammered Head" that big was weird because you can see all the flaws in it, the brushstrokes and the imperfect circles. A circle can look pretty perfect when it's a quarter-inch wide. You see it blown up one thousand times, and you realize your line work still needs a lot of work.

My favorite thing about Columbus is that different groups of people with different interests kind of circle into each other. All the different scenes kind of overlap. You can end up meeting an entire huge group of people and be accepted by them.

Someone I admire is Ice Cube. I always liked him as a rapper, and then I think he's a good actor.

My new band is called Periodic Tables of Elephants. We're getting something going on by summertime. The kind of music I play requires about three or four 45-minute practices.

The best advice I've ever received is never spend a significant amount of time with someone who wears a Bluetooth.

Playing Favorites

Favorite color: Seafoam green

Favorite author: John Steinbeck

Favorite book: Cannery Row

Favorite band: 84 Nash

Favorite album: This is an impossible question. I refuse to answer.

Favorite movie: Waterworld

Favorite TV show: Cash Explosion

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite drink: Margarita

Know someone doing cool things in Columbus? E-mail John Ross at jross@columbusalive.com.