Ada Andy (born circa 1954) is a Walpiri and Luritja speaking indigenous artist from Australia’s western desert region. Ada was born near Haast Bluff, Northern territory, and has lived in several Northern Territory communities. She Began painting in the early 1980’s in Alice Springs and propbably played a role in the developpement of interest in painting in the communities in which she has lived.
Ada began painting around 1981/1982 in Alice Springs at a time when women first painted with the Papunya Tula company. Ada was one of the first to chosse to paint independently. She tehn lived and painted in communities where her husband was teaching, including Mount allen, Lamatju and Willowra, all in the Northern Territory. Some believe that Ada Andy may have been responsible for the developpement of interest in painting in those communities.
Western artists such as Ada will frequently paint particular “dreamings” or stories, for which they have personnal responsabilities or rights. Ada paints Warumpi Mothers and Daughters dreaming, woemn dancing and stories associated with black plum, Wurrampi (honet ants) and Ngapa (water).