“Angela Brennan has been making abstract paintings since the late 1980s, and the status of her chosen format has shifted ground several times over this period. She also makes figurative and text-based works, and there is a productive exchange between her abstractions and these other modes of working. The stylised forms of her portraits, for example, often look poised to dissolve into patterned shapes, whilst her abstract compositions sometimes name-check material that can appear incongruous as subject matter. Signalling an inner life made up of reading, looking, and listening, these references are wide in scope, encompassing popular culture, art history, philosophy, and more. The beguiling citations scattered throughout Brennan’s work build a potent self-image of the artist, reflecting her various interests, beliefs, and preferences. Brennan’s references productively complicate her painted imagery, provoking the viewer to engage with the work in new and unknown ways.”
—Graf, Michael, ‘Angela Brennan: Content Management’, Angela Brennan: 19 Desires and One Belief, Ed. Brennan, A., 3-ply, 2019, pp. 51-52.