The Bureau of Justice Statistics recently reported that the federal prison population has increased by more than 4.5 times what it was in 1980 and the U.S. incarceration rate is now more than quadruple the world average. In a 2015 survey, nearly 70% of voters – including 81% of Democrats and 54% of Republicans – said reducing prison populations was an important issue. The central figure in this artwork is Hope and the light and slightly ajar cell do represent the glimmer of hope for reform.

- Michael Fischerkeller

Glimmer of Hope

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Ready to hang

Signed on back

48" h x 36" w x 1.5" d
10 lbs. 0 oz.



Michael Fischerkeller
Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Getting to Know Michael

Michael’s work focuses on issues of social justice and the environment. He selects a subject through contemplative meditation and begins researching the topic. Then Michael sources imagery, digitally manipulates it, and creates stencils. The artist uses spray paint to bring his scenes to life, employing heavy symbolism to illustrate his ideas. Each element of a composition holds meaning. Stylistically, Michael’s figures are inspired by 18th and 19th Century art history yet treated with a street-art makeover.