Paintings and prints do not come with frames as standard. Original paintings are produced on stretched canvas.
Giclee prints are produced on cotton canvas which is rolled and posted in tubes. They are varnished and ready to frame.
Framing Original Paintings:
A frame store can prepare a custom frame to suit your painting. The photos below show some examples of my artwork in different frames. These acrylic paintings have rich pigments and look well with strong frames whether dark traditional wooden or more modern white or cream frames.
Framing Giclee Prints:
Because the giclee prints are produced on the highest quality canvas and coated with two layers of UV protective varnish, they can be framed without any need for glazing. In fact they will look better without glazing. The canvas can either be stretched on a wooden frame or it can be fixed with a suitable PVA glue to a mount-board which can then be framed just as with an original acrylic or oil painting. When hung on a wall the quality of the canvas and the pigments, and the layers of colour and varnish will make it difficult to identify these as prints.
Both original paintings and prints should last for many generations. Investing a little extra in a good quality frame will be appreciated by the owners for a lifetime.