The Kiss or Poison Boyfriend or Jesus' Blood

with some notes on touch by

Neil Annett, Phil King, Alaena Turner, Dan Howard-Birt

This publication was launched at the Kingsgate incarnation of The Kiss or Poison Boyfriend or Jesus' Blood exhibition in January 2018.

The covers of 100 of the books have been spray painted by Lucy Steggals

Copies of the publication can be bought here: Kingsgate Shop


Alaena Turner (see other bio too)

Alaena Turner (born 1984) is currently completing a pHd at University of Leeds, where she received the Arts and Humanities Research Council WRoCAH Studentship in 2015. Alaena graduated in 2008 with an MA in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art, after having previously studied at Chelsea College of Fine Arts (2006). In 2016 Alaena was awarded the A.P.T. Curatorial Fellowship, culminating in an exhibition Ingredients, Method, Serving Suggestion. Alaena was an Honorary Research Associate for the Materials Research Project at the Slade School of Fine Art (2013-2014). Alaena’s published work includes her essay Invisible Seams, in The Suit, Alex Farrar, 7.45 books, Amsterdam (2014); Tilsandede, limited edition booklet of texts and original prints to accompany Tilsandede exhibition (2010) and Paint to Print, limited edition book of prints, Slade School of Fine Art (2008).

Phil King

Phil King (born 1965, Bristol) graduated with an MA from Goldsmiths College, London in 1993, having previously studied Fine Art Painting at Bath Academy of Art (1987). Phil is Editor of Turps Banana Magazine. Recent solo exhibitions include; Phil King 12.05.17, Three Works Gallery, Weymouth (2015), Sets, Arcade Gallery, Cardiff (2015) and Phil King “RetroSpective.” Vesuvio’s Bar, San Francisco (2014). He has written numerous press release texts and catalogue essays on artists such as Glenn Brown, Rebecca Warren and Fergal Stapleton. Recent texts include The Manifold Nature of the Vulgar Dead. Clyfford Still, Turps Banana Magazine #17, Marcus Harvey Inselaffe, catalogue essay, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, and Gateaux Anglaises, essay for Observer Show, curated by Phillip Allen and Dan Coombs. Phil has organised a number of independent art shows and spaces; recently STOKE, Gallery Twenty Two, Bristol (2016) and previously Something’s Wrong with Bob and Roberta Smith, The Tannery, London (1995). Recent group exhibitions include Only Connect, ELBUTRON Space, Seville, Spain (2017), Thunder and Lightning, Fast and Loose Show, Phantom Projects Contemporary, Troyes, France; The Good, the Bad and The Ugly, Charlie Smith, London (2017); Borderlands: A Painting Survey, Albus 3 Arts, Northampton (2015-16).

Neil Annett

Neil Annett graduated with a BA in Fine Art and Art History (1997) and an MPhil in Visual Culture (2001) from Goldsmiths. He is currently studying for an MRes in Philosophy at UEA. Neil has taken part in exhibitions including April is the cruellest month, breeding, LIDO, St Leonards-on-sea (2011) and he is the author of Flour and Water, a website about the art and science of making bread.