What inspires me the most is the work itself. When I start, I never know how an artwork is going to end up. It’s a very intuitive process, I have to let go of reason and trust the process. If I add a color or change a shape, there’s always a new reality in the painting which I have to react to, and so it goes on until I don’t want to change anything. 

For me, abstraction is very real. It’s not a representation of something else, which by definition would become false by imitating it. You create a new reality. Something that wasn’t in this world before now is. 

I dream of a world of serenity, balance and beauty. My hope is that this dream will resonate through my art and give people a chance to escape into this world for a moment.


Kalle Engström is an artist and musician based in Stockholm, Sweden