Street Art Spotter: Sebastien Walker Uses Every Medium Available, Metal Bars and All

His animals and characters seem to jump off of each canvas. The only way to keep them at bay is to bar them in.

At first glance, it seems like a menagerie of barking creatures are teasing a jailed man. The bright and colorful animals, a Sebastian Walker trademark, nearly pop off the wall while the black-and-white man sits solemnly behind bars. Looking closer, the man’s creative energy is bursting at the seams. 

WHAT: His anthropomorphic animals have a cartoonish vibe even as Walker manages to be serious and funny in one fluid breath. The jailed man has thoughts and ideas that cannot be physically contained; they stream through the jail’s metal bars with hopeful bursts of color.

WHO: Walker has taken the graffiti world by storm, creating inventive pieces on his own and collaborating with Los Angeles artists like Annie Preece. He is equally at ease with large murals and small logo designs. He continues innovating and experimenting with his signature style, bringing his A-game to each piece. Where you or I might see the gated corner of a nondescript building, Walker sees a canvas.

WHERE: In the Arts District in downtown on South Alameda Street near Little Tokyo. If you hit Beard Papa’s, you’ve gone too far. Or you’re just hungry.

Follow Eva Glettner on Instagram as she scopes out L.A.’s finest street art.