David True

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Zen of Alarm, by David True, 1988, acrylic and ink on paper mounted on canvas, Honolulu Museum of Art (promised gift)

David True (born 1942) is an American painter, born in Marietta, Ohio. He received a BFA from Ohio University in 1966 and an MFA from Ohio University in 1967. In 1978, he was included in the New Image Painting exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art.[1] He currently lives and paints in New York, and teaches at Cooper Union.

For most of his career, David True painted the human image, but in the 1980s, turned to nature for some of his subjects.[2] Zen of Alarm, from 1988, is a promised gift to the Honolulu Museum of Art. This acrylic and ink painting conveys the surrealist nature of much of the artist's work.

The Denver Art Museum, Henie-Onstad Art Centre (Hoevikodden, Norway), the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art (Cornell University), the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (Utica, NY), the Museum of Modern Art, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Yale University Art Gallery are among the public collections holding works by David True.[3][4]


  • True, David & John Yau, David True: Recent Paintings, BlumHelman, New York, 1986
  • True, David, David True: New Work, BlumHelman, New York, 1990, ISBN 0924008083
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, The 1977 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1977, pp. 80–81, ISBN 0-87427-021-9