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We love creating fractal artworks and the software that generates them. The term "Fractal" is used in many ways to describe a huge variety of "things", from mathematics to artwork, physical characteristics to natural processes. Wikipedia has several informative pages defining and describing the terms "Fractal" and the related Mandelbrot set. There are also a number of excellent books on the subject, including the seminal work by Benoit Mandelbrot himself "The Fractal Geometry of Nature". Also recommended is "Chaos: Making a New Science" by James Gleick.

We developed our own software to generate very high resolution images of the Mandelbrot set with unique color characteristics, and currently all of our artwork is derived from these images. We hope to release a public version of our software in the coming months, so check back here often.

After generating the fractal images, we give them a hand-painted look which we think gives them more “real-world" aesthetic appeal in part by reducing the cold sterility of a precise mathematical plot.

It’s hard to over-stress how much more impressive these pictures look when printed or viewed on a large format monitor.

Paul Sellards - Founder

Painted Fractals was created to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy our creations, but also to help make the world a better place. To that end, we donate at least half of our profits to a few select charitable organizations. We periodically review and update the list of organizations we are supporting.

You may not recognize some of the charities that we support, but every few months we start a new cycle and reevaluate which organizations we intend to support. Charity Navigator is an invaluable resource in these endeavors, and we support them as well.

The following is a list of the charitable organizations that we intend to support this donation cycle:

It is important to mention that none of the above organizations have necessarily endorsed us or our products. We have not received any compensation or consideration for including them here.

So visit our store, grab some artwork, and know that a decent chunk is going to a good cause.

At Painted Fractals, our philosophy is to keep our artwork reasonably priced so that it is affordable for everyone.

All of our fractals have been generated using our own custom software. We then use various commercial and open source graphics programs to render the final results.


  • All of our artwork is created in ultra high resolutions of at least 9000 x 6000 pixels, or more.
  • Each print is signed on the back and numbered.
  • All orders include a certificate of authenticity with a fractal data-sheet and location map.


We offer high quality prints perfect for framing. Our 30" x 20" prints are printed at 300dpi (other sizes may vary).

Size matters:

When it comes to viewing our painted fractals, size matters in a big way. To say that viewing our painted fractals on a small screen doesn't do them justice is an understatement. The first time people see one of our large 30" x 20" prints in person, the reaction is almost universally: "Wow".

We recommend selecting the largest size that will work in your area.


Except where specifically noted to the contrary, our prints do NOT come with any framing. This helps keep costs down, and we cannot match colors like your local frame shop can. But we do offer a Framing Preview feature (currently in BETA) that you can use to experiment with various matte colors and dimensions. To try this out, browse to the image view and press the Customize Frame button. Soon you will be able to generate a printable framing specification sheet that will assist your local framing shop with measurements and matte colors.

Other media:

We are experimenting with framed "Giclee" canvases, and so far the results have been exceptional. These are made to order, and take an extra couple of weeks.

Commisioned Works and Special Orders

If you are interested in commissioning custom works, or need some custom coloring or special sizes or media, we may be able to help.

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