David Alker is an artist based at Rogue Artists' Studios, Manchester. He has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. He is primarily a painter and his practice explores how we use mediating structures – dioramas, optical illusions, documentary photographs and film – to frame our relationship to historical events. His work plays with scale, illusion and objecthood. He makes work in series. These include 'The 17th Century Landscape Painting' based on research into the shipyard diorama at the VASA Museet Stockholm, and 'The Silver's been gone for 40 years', a series of paintings derived from the landscape in contemporary film.