Who is Jan van Haasteren?
The Jigsaw Puzzler's Favourite Octogenarian - Jan van Haasteren
Jan van Haasteren has been creating amazing jigsaw puzzles for Jumbo for many decades. They are all highly detailed, very colourful and above all humorous. There are always masses of hidden amusing images waiting for us to discover.
He celebrated his 80th birthday last year, so many happy returns to the jigsaw puzzler’s favourite octogenarian.
To celebrate this wonderful landmark, Jan created a special 80th birthday jigsaw puzzle. Jan’s fans will immediately search for his trademark – the shark’s fin – featured in every puzzle. This is usually extremely well hidden and hard to find so a brilliant challenge. Make sure you also look for other favourite images – Saint Nicholas, The Hands, The Dentures and Jan’s self-portrait which you will find in nearly all of his illustrations. He uses all types of social events as inspiration for his images. These jigsaws are very enjoyable to complete as you never know what you are going to see next!
What is Next for Jan van Haasteren?
Jan says he has always got loads of ideas for new designs, sketching crazy things that pop up in his mind every day. Firstly, he works out the idea in a detailed pencil drawing and then develops his ideas in ink. It is quite a long process to get all the detail in, hence each picture takes about three months to complete.
He has promised to continue to create his wonderful masterpieces for Jumbo so we can look forward to many more Jan van Haasteren jigsaw puzzles to come.
Jan lives together with his wife Romi in Bergen in Holland. He doesn’t do jigsaw puzzles himself but he sometimes helps his wife if she is struggling to find a piece.