Jeka Kemp was born in Bellahouston, Glasgow where she is thought to have begun her artistic training before continuing in London and later at the Academie Julian in Paris between the years 1903-4. Kemp had her first solo exhibition in Scotland around the year 1907, and is known to have exhibited at the Macindoe’s Gallery in Gallery regularly between 1912 to 1914. Her reputation was recognised internationally, and her work was bought by the French Government on occasion. This interest encouraged the artist to exhibit at the Marcel Bernheim in Paris and the Galerie de la Librairie de la Press in Nantes. Kemp continued to exhibit throughout her native Scotland throughout her career. Her work is held in a number of eminent private collections across Europe.