‘Girl with Monkies’
By Nadine Hoskins, American 1912-2010.
24 x 30 in. w/o frame, 31 x 37 including frame, oil on canvas, signed on front, dedicated, signed and dated on back.
Attractive gold wash gallery frame.
Nadine Campbell Hoskins, a self-taught artist and Coral Gables jet-setter who was a staple of Miami Herald social columns in the 1960s and ’70s. She developed Alzheimer’s Disease and died of natural causes. Referred to as “Deanie” in the society pages, she and her husband, real estate developer Carl Hoskins, lived in a home designed by George Merrick under the second building permit issued by the City of Coral Gables. She began her career at the Lowe Art Museum’s clothesline sales. New artists could hang paintings on clotheslines. Her paintings are in [Lowe’s] permanent collection. Hoskins had a studio at Douglas Entrance — the historic Gables building that’s now a luxury office complex — then a second next to the Coconut Grove Playhouse. If someone asked her whether she was an artist or a painter, she’d say, “You can call me a painter. It’s for other people to decide whether I’m an artist.”
Hoskins exhibited at galleries in New York, Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale. She also wrote, once selling a travel story to Vogue magazine.
A ’60s-era brochure notes that “her paintings are in the collections of such well-known personalities as [the late actors] Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, and Victor Borge,” the late pianist/comedian who was managed by Hoskins’ brother, George Campbell. When his show-business career ended, Campbell operated a well-known Coconut Grove antiques store. He and his sister traveled the world buying items for the shop — and for her grand home at 803 Coral Way. Hoskins played a different role in Coconut Grove, where she was Mommy of all the hippies. But in the mid-1970s, Nadine and Carl Hoskins decided to embrace the expat lifestyle. “Can a popular, active Coral Gables couple find happiness on a windswept hillside in Portugal with a donkey, two dogs and six chickens for company?” a society columnist asked in 1977, three years after the Hoskinses built a tri-level, oceanfront estate outside Lisbon. They did in fact find happiness there, serving as a “home away from home for touring Miamians,” the 1977 column noted. Hoskins continued to paint there, and had exhibits at the U.S. Embassy. She was buried next to her husband in Cascais, Portugal.