|Born||April 18, 1909|
llford, Essex, England
|Died||July 23, 2003 (aged 94)|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Early life and education
Vale was born in llford, Essex, England. She immigrated to Toronto with her family when she was two years old. A piano-maker and musician, Florence's father taught her to play piano at a young age and entertained the family with toys and puzzles he created himself. Florence's mother was a music-hall musician. Vale had no formal art training; her formal schooling ended at the age of eleven with grade seven, after which she held a series of jobs in Toronto's garment district. When she was eighteen she met Dutch-born artist Albert Franck, a swimming instructor at the Oakwood pool who was teaching her brothers to dive. They were married two years later and had two children, Trudy (who died as an infant) and Anneke.
In the late 1940s, Vale began to experiment with her husband's paints and brushes. In contrast to Franck's paintings of urban scenes, Vale's subjects were often imaginative and even imaginary.
Together, Franck and Vale were a part of the Gerrard Street bohemian circle  and their Victorian home on Hazelton Avenue in Toronto became a centre for young artists, CBC personalities, writers, musicians, and critics. Vale was thus exposed to a wide variety of artistic influences.
After Franck's death in 1973, Vale continued to create oil paintings, collages, and ink drawings, also included her own poetry in some of her works. Many of her works, most prominently after the death of her husband, were erotic, while still viewed by critics as keeping a whimsical, innocent tone. A series of her drawings was published as The Amorous Unicorn. Her art appeared in exhibitions in Ontario, Quebec, and New York City, U.S.A. She was associated with the Gadatsy Gallery in Toronto.
Vale’s small 1965 pen and ink drawing Pyramid of Roses was the inspiration for Harold Town’s series of Vale Variations as well as Christopher Chapman and Gordon McLennan’s short film celebrating both Town’s Variations and the original Vale drawing.
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