A graduate of the École des beaux-arts de Montréal, Don Darby taught fine arts for more than twenty years at the Cégep de Sainte-Foy. In addition to presenting his work in exhibitions across Quebec, the United States and Holland, he is actively involved in the arts community: his projects include organizing a 1970 sculpture symposium at Hauterive’s Centre d’art Manicouagan and the symposium Émergence 95 in Quebec City, where he also helped to establish a sculpture park in Îlot Fleurie. Darby uses a variety of materials and techniques, such as reinforced concrete, welded metal and fibreglass, to create sculptures that reflect upon ancient civilizations and cultures, endangered species and the origins of mankind. Among the works he has completed for the integration of art into architecture are the moveable columns at the CLSC Montmagny-Sud and the outdoor sculptures at the Sûreté du Québec building in Sept-Îles.
Don Darby, La Grosse Bertha, 1993. Acier industriel récupéré. 2,5 x 3 x 3 m.