Charles Ginner is celebrated for his highly detailed landscapes and urban street scenes. He is best known as a founding member of the influential Camden Town Group of artists.
Ginner's parents discouraged him from pursuing his interest in art. He moved from Frances to Britain in 1910 and fell in love with the shapes and patterns of English cities. They were major features in his paintings, such as Piccadilly Circus and the Leeds Canal.
Many artists in Europe were divided about what painting should be in the 20th Century. Ginner had a strong interest in Post-Impressionism and formed the Camden Town Group with Walter Sickert and other like-minded artists. They painted with thick blobs of paint in a style pioneered by Van Gogh and Gaugan. Collectively, they helped capture the mood of major change in British life with their paintings of sex, man-made structures and domestic life.
He applied his skills as an artist for the Canadian War Records Office during World War I, and became an official war artist in World War II.
Ginner's best known works include Plymouth Pier From The Hoe, Victoria Embankment and River Aire, Leeds.