Artist of the Week: Jeff McCarthy

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Jeff McCarthy is our kinda guy. He's racked up an impressive following by combining our two favourite things; celebrities and food! The artist brilliantly plonks unassuming A-Listers on their most beloved carb-loaded creations so naturally we thought we'd drop him a line to chat dodgy homemade Christmas cards, our mutual love of food and the ultimate; Jeff's favourite sandwich. Meet our next artist of the week; the brains behind Celebs on Sandwiches.

For those who don't know, tell us a bit about who you are and the work you produce.
My name is Jeff McCarthy and I have an Instagram account called @celebsonsandwiches which features my original watercolor paintings of...celebs on sandwiches.

Where did the idea of plonking celebs on sandwiches come from?
The idea originally came to me, naturally, while eating a sandwich. Our culture has a pretty serious love for celebrities and food, so pairing the two together just made sense. Instagram always felt like the perfect venue, so I posted the first painting and the series was born soon after.

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Notorious B.I.G on a BLT with Avocado
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George Costanza on a Pastrami on Marbled Rye

How do you pick which celebs you're going to feature and which sandwiches they'll be perching on?
I always try to choose subjects who I think would, first and foremost, appreciate the humor. Deciding which sandwich to pair with which celebrity varies from person to person. Sometimes it's really specific, and might be a favorite food or something they've openly talked about. Other times, I just try to pair them with a sandwich that I think would fit their personality.

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Donald Trump on a Grilled Sausage Sandwich

What's your favourite sandwich?
It's hard to choose just one favorite, but I love a good fried chicken sandwich, banh mi, or meatball parmesan.

I feel like I've been saying sandwiches a lot, what do you do when you're not painting carb loaded celeb themed creations?
Outside of painting celebs on sandwiches, I also make commercials and branded films...and make an annual holiday card with my girlfriend (http://jeffreymccarthy.com/holidaycards.html). I live in Los Angeles, which has an amazing amount of great food. So, I'm always on the hunt for new places to eat, and of course, new sandwiches.

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The Fat Jewish on a Turkey Reuben

Which famous faces are in the pipeline to get the sandwich treatment next?
You'll have to check out my Instagram stories @celebsonsandwiches! I'm always posting sneak peaks of upcoming celebs on sandwiches!

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David Brent on a Grilled Cheese
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Drake on a Canadian Bacon and Cheese

Check out Jeff's other work on his website. His annual holiday cards are a feast for the eyes!

Interview by Danielle Morgan.