|Died||17 January 1987 (aged 77)|
|Alma mater||Edinburgh College of Art (1930), Regent Street Polytechnic, Munich Academy|
Dempster was born on 23 April 1909 in Greenock, Scotland to Elizabeth Watt and Duncan Dempster, a sugar refiner. She was orphaned at an early age. After her parents' deaths, she moved to Edinburgh to be with her guardian, Dr Charles Warr, minister at St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh and Honorary Chaplain to the King George VI and later the Queen Elizabeth II.
Dempster studied sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art (1930). Her tutors included the sculptors Alexander Carrick and Norman John Forrest, and she studied alongside the sculptors Hew Lorimer, Thomas W. Whalen and Scott Sutherland. Dempster also trained further in London at Regent Street Polytechnic and at Munich Academy in Germany.
In the late 1930s, Dempster was commissioned to produce three large carvings in oak, two of angels and one of the biblical figure Jubal, for the new organ case at St Giles' Cathedral. Her work on the pieces was in danger of being delayed because she had been called up for service as a Red Cross nurse at the outbreak of World War II, however, given the public importance of the work, the Red Cross released her from her duties so that she might complete it.
Dempster was elected as an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1960. She regularly exhibited her work at the Academy's annual Exhibition of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. The first piece she exhibited was St Bridget in 1935. In 1946, her piece Mors Janua vitae won an award from the RSA for which she received a prize of £50.
Dempster died on 17 January 1987 in Edinburgh.
- St Bridget (1935)
- Alfred Ernest Warr 1899-1937 (1937)
- Thought (1937)
- A member of a committee (1938)
- Seahorse (1938)
- The denial (1939)
- Mother and child (1946)
- Cock (1946)
- Mors Janua vitae (1946)
- Housewives (1947)
- Black queen (1947)
- Four ducks on a pond (1948)
- There were shepherds abiding in a field (1948)
- Bear (1949)
- St Cuthbert and the otters (1950)
- Jacob and the angel (1950)
- Maggie (1951)
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