Happy Birthday Jan van Haasteren

The Jigsaw Puzzler’s Favourite Octogenarian – Jan van Haasteren

Jan van Haasteren in his studio

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?

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.

Want to See More?

See below to see our pick of his jigsaw – click on the images to view on the All Jigsaw Puzzles store.

Happy Birthday Jan!
This 1000 piece jigsaw was created by Jan to celebrate his 80th birthday and depicts a big party featuring comical characters enjoying the live music and free drinks on offer! Happy Birthday Jan!
Winter Fun with a FREE scarf!
A set of two 1000 piece puzzles showing two fabulous Dutch winter traditions – ice skating and a New Year’s Day sea swim. Includes an exclusive free Jan van Haasteren scarf!
Jan van Haasteren Colouring Book Volume 2
Fancy a change from puzzling? This book has black and white illustrations of some of your favourite Jan pictures for you to colour in. A relaxing and stress-relieving pastime. Jan van Haasteren Colouring Book
Technical Highlights
The highly technical factory in JVH’s latest design has some interesting insights into what happens on the factory floor and in the manager’s office!  Technical Highlights
The Balloon Festival
This balloon festival is well under way but it’s not going according to plan. A brilliant 2000 piece jigsaw.  The Balloon Festival

Are you a Jan van Haasteren fan? Let me know in the comments below.

Renee and the All Jigsaw Puzzle TeamJVH

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